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  • Joe Biden pledges to make any Russian invasion of Ukraine ‘very, very difficult’

    Washington and Kyiv say Moscow has massed troops near border ahead of planned US-Russia video summit

    Joe Biden he said he would make it “very, very difficult” for Russia to launch any invasion of Ukraine, which warned that a large-scale attack could be planned for next month.

    Washington and Kyiv say Moscow has massed troops near Ukraine’s borders and accuse Russia of planning an invasion.

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  • Biden and Putin to hold talks after diplomats make no progress on Ukraine

    The US threatened to deploy ‘high-impact’ economic measures if a Russian buildup of troops leads to a wider conflict

    Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are due to hold talks “in the near future” after their top diplomats made no apparent progress in Stockholm towards defusing a standoff over Ukraine, amid fears of a Russian invasion.

    The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, and the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, opted not to make a joint appearance after trading threats during a 40-minute meeting whose short duration indicated there was little chance of a breakthrough.

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  • Russia’s activity on the Ukraine border has put the west on edge

    Analysis: a full-scale attack seems improbable – but the troop buildup is enough to have Nato warn of sanctions

    It is the second time this year that Russia has amassed forces near its borders with Ukraine, so why has the estimated 90,000 troop buildup left western governments and independent analysts more concerned?

    The stark warning by the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, on Wednesday that Russia has made plans for a “large-scale” attack is backed up by open source analysis – and western intelligence assessments. “There is enough substance to this,” one insider added.

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