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Biden and Putin to hold video call Tuesday

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U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a video call Tuesday to deal with military tensions over Ukraine, as well as other topics.

Biden spoke to reporters Friday before a weekend trip to Camp David.

"We're aware of Russia's actions for a long time and my expectation is we're going to have a long discussion with Putin."

According to a U.S. source on Saturday, Biden wants to discuss U.S. concerns about Russia's military buildup on the Ukraine border as well as strategic stability, cyber and regional issues.

The Kremlin said that the two will also talk about bilateral ties and the implementation of agreements reached at their Geneva summit in June.

More than 94,000 Russian troops are massed near Ukraine's borders.

The Ukraine Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Friday that Moscow may be planning a large-scale military offensive for the end of January, citing intelligence reports.

Biden on Friday said he and his advisers are preparing a comprehensive set of initiatives aimed at deterring Putin from an invasion.

He did not give further details, but the Biden administration has discussed partnering with European allies to impose more sanctions on Russia.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Reuters Next summit that Biden was determined to stand against any aggression against an ally.

BLINKEN "...and also, to defend the territorial integrity, the sovereignty, the independence of Ukraine."

The exact timing of the call between Biden and Putin was not disclosed.

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