President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin set to have a video call on Tuesday as tensions between the USA and Russia rises over a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border that’s seen as a sign of a potential invasion.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “Biden will press U.S. concerns about Russian military activities on the border and reaffirm the United States’ support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” The time frame for the same has not been confirmed yet. The presidents will themselves decide how long their talk will last, according to Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman.
According to U.S. intelligence officials, Russia has placed about 70,000 troops near its border with Ukraine and has been possibly planning for an invasion. The risks for Putin of going through with such an invasion would be to a high extent. Meanwhile, former American diplomats say that Ukraine’s military is well-armed than before and hence Russian economy could go through serious damage.
“What I am doing is putting together what I believe to 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 worried he may do,” Biden said this Friday.
In July, when Biden and Putin had their last call, Biden expressed concern over Russia-based criminal hacking gangs that launched ransomware attacks against the United States.