In virtual summit: Biden warns Russia of sanctions; Putin demands guarantees against NATO expansion

In virtual summit: Biden warns Russia of sanctions; Putin demands guarantees against NATO expansion

US President Joe Biden has warned his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, that the West would impose “strong economic and other measures” on Russia if it invaded Ukraine, while the Russian leader has demanded guarantees that NATO would not expand farther eastward.

The verbal exchanges were made in a video call between Biden and Putin that lasted for two hours on Tuesday and covered a range of issues with a major focus on the situation around Ukraine.

“President Biden voiced the deep concerns of the United States and our European Allies about Russia’s escalation of forces surrounding Ukraine and made clear that the US and our Allies would respond with strong economic and other measures in the event of military escalation,” a readout of the call released by the White House said.

“President Biden reiterated his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and called for de-escalation and a return to…

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