Amid rising tensions over a Ukraine invasion threat, Presidents of the United States and Russia – Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are all set for talks.
Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden will hold talks via video conference on Tuesday.
The announcement on Biden-Putin talks was made simultaneously by Kremlin and Washington.
The talks between the two Presidents follows the statement of US secretary of state – Antony Blinken, that the US has evidence of Russia’s plans of a “large scale” attack on Ukraine.
“President Biden will underscore US concerns with Russian military activities on the border with Ukraine and reaffirm the United States’ support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Russia has denied any intentions of invading Ukraine, accusing the West of provocation, particularly with military exercises in the Black Sea.
Ukraine says Russia has deployed armoured vehicles, electronic warfare systems and 94,000 troops along their shared border.
It is the largest massing of Russian forces on its borders since it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
Citing intelligence reports, Ukraine’s Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Moscow could be planning a military offensive at the end of January.