President Joe Biden will sit down for a video conference with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, the Kremlin said, as fears of a Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine escalate.
“The presidents will decide themselves” how long the evening confab will last, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a state news agency on Saturday. The White House did not immediately confirm the plans.
Biden on Friday vowed that the U.S. would make it “very, very difficult” for Russia to take military action against Ukraine, even as tens of thousands of soldiers continue massing on both sides of their shared border.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that administration officials had “engaged in the possibility” of a call between the two leaders.
“As you know, the President is somebody who believes in leader-to-leader diplomacy,” Psaki said during a White House press briefing. “It certainly would be an opportunity to discuss our serious concerns about the bellicose rhetoric about the military buildup that we’re seeing on the border of Ukraine.”