President Joe biden and the russian president Vladimir Putin They will speak in a video conference as tensions rise between the United States and Russia over the accumulation of Russian troops in the border with Ukraine, seen as a sign of a possible invasion.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the plans to Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti on Saturday and said it would take place on Tuesday night. Peskov added that “the presidents will decide themselves” how long the conversation will last. The White House did not immediately comment on the announcement.
As reported AmericanPost.NewsRussia is stronger than ever that the United States guarantees that Ukraine will not be admitted to the NATO military alliance.
Russia puts 100,000 soldiers on border with Ukraine
Meanwhile, US intelligence officials have determined that Russia has massed about 100,000 troops near its border with Ukraine and has begun planning a possible invasion early next year, according to a Biden administration official, that he was not authorized to discuss that finding publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
US officials and former US diplomats say that while the Russian president is clearly laying the groundwork for a possible invasion, Ukraine’s military is better armed and prepared today than in the past, and that sanctions threatened by the West would seriously damage the Russian economy.
“What I’m doing is putting together what I think will be, will be, the most comprehensive and meaningful set of initiatives to make it very, very difficult for Mr Putin to go ahead and do what people are concerned he can do,” Joe Biden said Friday.
Could Russia invade Ukraine?
Ukrainian officials have said that Russia could invade next month. Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said the number of Russian troops near Ukraine and in Russia-annexed Crimea is estimated at 94,300, warning that a “large-scale escalation” is possible in January.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently charged that a group of Russians and Ukrainians planned to attempt a coup in their country and that the conspirators tried to enlist the help of Ukraine’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov.
Russia and Akhmetov have denied that there is any plot going on, but the Russians have recently become more explicit in their warnings to Ukraine and USA.
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