Will Biden and Putin’s jaw jaw avert war war over Ukraine?


Will Biden and Putin’s jaw jaw avert war war over Ukraine?

A recent call between the two is said to have resulted in them getting their messages, with some jest thrown in

Nick Wadhams and Ilya Arkhipov

The video call between presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin lasted about two hours. It will take months to figure out if the two sides managed to defuse the crisis over Ukraine.

Biden sought to send a clear message: Russia must not go ahead with an invasion of Ukraine as the US fears it might, and would face massive economic sanctions if it does. Putin, meanwhile, wanted the US to know that Russia won’t tolerate Nato expanding further east or deploying weapons in Ukraine.

Biden didn’t accede to Putin’s “redline” demands. And Putin made no promise to withdraw the 175,000 troops the US says he’s amassing along the Ukrainian border. That highlighted how US officials appeared to have no new clarity on the fundamental question at the heart of this most recent standoff with Russia — whether Putin intends to invade Ukraine a second time, after taking Crimea in 2014. ..

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