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Live Updates: Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden Hold Talks Amid Growing US-Russia Tensions

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Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin will speak to Biden relying on national interests and not emotions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden are holding a secure video call on Tuesday to discuss a number of bilateral issues as well as the situation in eastern Ukraine, Iran, and NATO's eastward expansion.
The online talks are expected to begin at 14:00 GMT and they will not be broadcast live. According to the Kremlin, Putin does not plan to make any statements after the talks. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki earlier said that she would brief the media four hours after the beginning of the Putin-Biden meeting.
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17:15 GMT 07.12.2021
Putin-Biden Call Finishes After Two-Hour Talks
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The talks between the presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, have come to an end, they lasted two hours.

The meeting took place via a closed video link. The first frames of communication were shown to the journalists, then the meeting was held privately.

This is the second meeting of the leaders of the two countries. The first face-to-face talks were held in Geneva in June this year, when the heads of state reached some agreements.
16:58 GMT 07.12.2021
White House: Biden Will Call British, French, German, Italian Leaders After Talks With Putin
16:55 GMT 07.12.2021
US Does Not Plan to Send Troops to Ukraine to "Fight With Russia", House Armed Services Committee Says
16:21 GMT 07.12.2021
Von der Leyen: EU Ready to Build Dialogue With Russia But Moscow Chooses to Act Aggressively
The European Union wants to build constructive relations with Russia, but Moscow's aggressive actions prevent this from happening, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday.

"We would rather engage constructively with Moscow but it depends on them and currently its Russia’s deliberate choices and aggressive actions that continue to destabilize security in Europe," von der Leyen said at the EU Ambassadors Conference.

She noted that the bloc will respond appropriately to any "further aggressions" from Russia, including what the EU perceives as breaches of international law or malicious actions against its members or allies, such as Ukraine.

The response will take the form of "robust scaling up and expansion of existing sanctions regimes," as well as additional restrictive measures, according to the EC head.

Over the past few weeks, Western countries have expressed concern about Russia's alleged military activity on the border with Ukraine, with some accusing Moscow of preparing an invasion.

Moscow, in turn, has repeatedly denied accusations of aggressive actions, saying that it is threatening no one and does not intend to attack anyone. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has also noted that Russia is moving troops within its own territory and at its discretion. In addition, the Kremlin has stressed that all statements about alleged Russia's aggression are being used as an excuse to deploy more NATO military equipment toward Russian borders.
16:00 GMT 07.12.2021
Biden Will Discuss With European Allies the Outcome of Talks With Putin, Report Says
15:33 GMT 07.12.2021
Putin Greets Biden With Smile, US President Says He is Happy to See Putin Again
The two presidents greeted each other before their tete-a-tete talks began.
15:31 GMT 07.12.2021
Biden Tells Putin He Hopes Next Time They Can Meet in Person
US President Joe Biden told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a video call on Tuesday he hopes they could meet in person next time.

"Good to see you again! Unfortunately last time we didn't get to see each other at the G20. I hope next time we can meet in person," Biden said.
15:27 GMT 07.12.2021
Watch Putin-Biden Virtual Talks Begin
Russian President Putin and His US Counterpart Biden Hold Virtual Meeting - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.12.2021
Russian President Putin and His US Counterpart Biden Hold Virtual Meeting
15:25 GMT 07.12.2021
Pentagon: US Considers Using Diplomacy to Avoid Military Conflicts in Ukraine and Taiwan as Its Task
15:09 GMT 07.12.2021
Putin-Biden Video Conference Starts
14:58 GMT 07.12.2021
US Reportedly Considering Options for Evacuating Americans From Ukraine If Russia Invades
The Biden administration is considering options for the evacuation of US citizens in case Russia invades Ukraine, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing sources.

It is, however, not clear how many Americans are currently in Ukraine.

The report comes just before the Putin-Biden meeting scheduled for Tuesday. According to Washington, during the talks, the US president intends to express concern about Russia's alleged military activity on the border with Ukraine.

Moscow has repeatedly denied allegations of aggressive actions, saying that it does not threaten anyone and does not intend to attack anyone. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that Russia is moving troops within its own territory and at its discretion. In addition, the Kremlin stressed that all statements about Russia's alleged aggression are being used as an excuse to deploy more NATO military equipment near Russian borders.
13:31 GMT 07.12.2021
Trump Says Upcoming Biden-Putin Call 'Not Fair Match'
The upcoming virtual summit between presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will not be "a fair match," former US President Donald Trump told the Newsmax channel.

On Tuesday, Putin and Biden will face each other virtually - six months after meeting in person in Geneva - as the two world leaders have much to say to each other and discuss a range of topics from the Ukraine crisis to cybersecurity.

"Now I see that Biden is going to be talking to Putin, and that's not a fair match ... That wouldn't have been a fair match in prime time. This is not a fair match for our country," Trump said in an interview on Monday evening when asked about Biden seeking to pressure Putin on his alleged military buildup on the Ukrainian border.

Trump criticised the policy on Russia the US administration adopted under Biden.

"I hear how nice I was to Russia; I got along great with Putin, but I was tough with Putin, tougher than anybody ever... Tougher than anybody on China, tougher than anybody ever also ... And if you look at North Korea, I got along great with Kim Jong Un. I got along great with President Xi [Jinping] of China, and I got along well with Putin," he said.

The Putin-Biden call comes as tensions run high over Russia’s alleged activities near the Ukraine border.

Moscow previously confirmed that they were expected to hold marathon talks with the US on Ukraine tensions and the growing NATO presence near Russian borders, as well as touch upon the implementation of Geneva summit results. The Kremlin has expressed concerns about NATO and Washington being adamant that they do not recognize any red lines.
12:46 GMT 07.12.2021
Britain Considering Extension of Defensive Support to Ukraine, Junior Foreign Minister Ford Says
12:40 GMT 07.12.2021
A Joint Message Will be Given to Putin, UK Junior Foreign Minister Says
12:33 GMT 07.12.2021
Britain Pledges to Use 'All Economic and Diplomatic' Tools to Prevent Russian 'Aggression'
"The UK will use all the economic and diplomatic tools at its disposal to prevent any Russian aggression against Ukraine," Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman reportedly said on Tuesday.
11:46 GMT 07.12.2021
US Embassy: Russia, US Make Progress on Bilateral Issues in Recent Days
Washington and Moscow have made progress on bilateral issues in recent days, and the United States hopes to continue moving in this direction, the US embassy in Moscow told Ria Novosti on Tuesday.

"As we have said, diplomacy is the only responsible way to resolve this potential crisis we face with Russia. We need to have open channels of communication particularly during times of heightened tension … We have made progress in recent days on bilateral issues and hope to continue to move in that direction," Jason P. Rebholz, the embassy’s spokesman, said.

The spokesman added that the US has informed Russia that its diplomats "will be subject to three-year assignments".

"The diplomats [Russian] Ambassador [to US Anatoly] Antonov references will have been in the United States three years or more and have been informed that they will need to depart when their assignments end. The United States approach creates greater parity in our diplomatic missions as both will rotate staff with similar frequency," Rebholz added.

The spokesman added that the departure of diplomats "is not an expulsion" and Moscow has been informed that "it can replace those who are departing by assigning other members of its diplomatic corps to the positions."
11:19 GMT 07.12.2021
Should We Expect Any Breakthrough From Putin-Biden Online Talks?
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden arrives for their meeting at the Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland. - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.12.2021
Analyst Hopes Biden, Putin De-escalate US-Russia Tensions in Upcoming Video Call
10:59 GMT 07.12.2021
Lavrov: Russia Will Clearly Express Need for Kiev to Implement Minsk Agreements During Putin-Biden Online Meeting
Russia will express the need for Ukraine to implement the Minsk agreements during the conversation between President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Joe Biden, on Tuesday,
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
"Let me stress once again that today we will have an important event in our relations - a phone conversation between Presidents Putin and Biden. We will, of course, very clearly state our approaches to the Ukrainian settlement, to the need to force the Kiev regime to fulfil its obligations, written in black and white, within the framework of the Minsk package of measures," Lavrov told reporters.
Lavrov added that Kiev is continuing to provoke its western curators and Moscow is concerned over it. "We have a very serious concern about how Kiev is also trying to provoke its curators," the minister said.
10:57 GMT 07.12.2021
U.S. President Joe Biden removes his face mask before delivering remarks about the Build Back Better legislation's new rules around prescription drug prices in the East Room of the White House on December 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.12.2021
White House: Video Call With Putin Only Item on Biden's Timetable for Tuesday
10:57 GMT 07.12.2021
Moscow Says It Will be First-Ever Use of Secure Video Communication Line for Talks Between Russian and US Presidents
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden, left, attend a meeting at the Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.12.2021
Putin, Biden Set to Hold 'Secure' Video Call Amid Ukraine Tensions
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