Putin Warns of Collapse in Relations as Biden Threatens Sanctions Over Ukraine

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President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin met earlier this year in Geneva, Switzerland.

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US-Russia relations are set to be put on hold in 2022 as the two countries grapple with a growing military crisis in Ukraine, where Russian troops have largely occupied the country’s eastern border.

President Joe Biden, speaking with President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, renewed threats to punish Russia for economic sanctions if it invades Ukraine – the second summit the two leaders held on Ukraine this month.

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The phone call lasted nearly an hour amid what a senior White House official called a “moment of crisis” on Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reported,

of Moscow Official response to the call It was that the Kremlin was “delighted” with the state of the talks. But Putin’s foreign policy adviser said the Russian president warned Biden that there would be a “complete breakdown” in ties between Russia and the West if economic sanctions are in place.

Call requested by Russia, Arrives before scheduled meetings US and Russian negotiators next month US and allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Association (NATO) fear the possibility of an invasion of Ukraine, which Russia denies.

Russia, on its part, has issued demands including guarantees that NATO will halt its expansion amid Moscow’s objection to alliances with former Soviet states, including Ukraine and Georgia.

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