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Biden ratchets Putin with a fresh call

•• US President warns “quick and tough cost” counterparts

Efforts to alleviate Ukraine’s crisis through telephone diplomatic enthusiasm could not ease tensions yesterday, and the White House argued that Russia would face “quick and tough costs” if its troops carried out an invasion. ..
Russian President Vladimir Putin argues that such a move may be on the horizon, according to a Russian reading on a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron, which could lead to a conflict in the former Soviet nation. I called an idea of ​​”Provocative speculation”.
After Washington warned that a full-scale aggression could begin “at any time” and Russia began its largest naval training across the Black Sea in a few years, Russia had nearly 100,000 troops in its western neighbors. The tension for several weeks surrounding with became stronger.
“If Russia embarks on a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States will take decisive action with its allies and partners and impose prompt and severe costs on Russia,” the White House said.
Biden said the United States was ready to tackle diplomacy, but “we are prepared for other scenarios as well,” as the two countries are looking at one of the most serious crises in East-West relations since the Cold War. Stated. The meeting between Biden and Putin was “professional and substantive” and lasted for over an hour, but “there was no fundamental change in dynamics,” a senior US official told reporters.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense has added to the enthusiastic atmosphere by announcing that it has driven away US submarines that allegedly invaded the territorial waters near the Kuril Islands in the North Pacific Ocean.
The ministry said it had summoned military attachés to Moscow for the incident, but said the Pentagon only knew the press. Putin began the afternoon with a meeting with Macron that the French president lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes. Macron’s office said, “Both have expressed their desire to continue the dialogue,” but as in Washington, no clear progress was reported.
Russia joined the ominous tone yesterday by pulling some of its diplomatic staff away from Ukraine.
Moscow’s Foreign Ministry said the decision was triggered by fear of “potential provocation from the Kiev administration.”

Last updated: February 13, 2022 01:13 AM

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