‘This is a crisis of the Kremlin’s making:’ Biden and Putin set to speak as tensions mount over Ukraine

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  • President Joe Biden will speak on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday afternoon, the second known call between leaders this month.
  • The phone call comes as tensions mount over an important Russian military build-up on the Ukrainian border.
  • For months, Ukraine has warned the United States and European allies that thousands of Russian troops were at large on its eastern border.
  • The buildup has colored Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, a peninsula on the Black Sea, that sparked an international uproar and triggered a series of sanctions on Moscow.

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will speak on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday afternoon, amid rising tensions over a crucial military build-up along the Ukrainian border.

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The call, the second known discussion between the two leaders this month, was scheduled at Putin’s request. The Russian leader has previously insisted that Moscow is not preparing for an invasion of its former Soviet neighbour, despite a massive deployment of thousands of troops to Ukraine’s border.

But Putin has set conditions for non-aggression: He has promised that Russian troops will not attack Ukraine if Kiev’s ongoing bid to join NATO is rejected. Russia has described NATO’s eastward expansion as a “red line” that poses a security threat to Moscow.

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Since 2002, Ukraine has sought entry into the world’s most powerful military alliance, where the group’s Article 5 clause states that an attack on one member country is considered an attack on all of them.

During his call earlier this month, Biden did not acknowledge Putin’s “red line” and instead warned that Washington and European allies would impose a web of economic and political countermeasures if Ukraine’s sovereign borders were violated. were ready for

A senior Biden administration official, who did not wish to share further details, said on condition of anonymity, “We are ready for diplomacy and for a diplomatic route, but we are also ready to respond if Russia takes a more on Ukraine.” attacks.” of the call, said on Wednesday.

Referring to Moscow’s invasion of Crimea in 2014, the official said, “We have coordinated with our allies to impose more severe sanctions on the Russian economy and financial system than those imposed in 2014.”

For months, Ukraine has warned the United States and European allies that thousands of Russian troops were at large on its eastern border. The buildup has colored Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, a peninsula on the Black Sea, that sparked an international uproar and triggered a series of sanctions on Moscow.

Simon Miles, an assistant professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, described Biden and Putin’s discussions as productive but a solution would need to involve the Ukrainian government.

“Today’s phone call between President Biden and Putin comes at a critical point in European security. Russian troops are in significant numbers on Ukraine’s border, and in a configuration that has analysts concerned about aggressive military action,” said Miles. Wrote, an expert in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

“But one thing is clear: this is the crisis of the creation of the Kremlin,” Miles said, “what Putin’s endgame is is not clear.”

Earlier this month, Ukraine’s foreign minister told CNBC that Russia is in a position to strike quickly if Putin decides to carry out such an operation.

“Putin has not yet decided whether to conduct a military operation,” Dimitro Kuleba told CNBC. “But if he decides to do so, things will happen in the blink of an eye.”

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