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Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: Reuters)
Live news updates:  appeared to open the door Monday to a diplomatic resolution of the deepening standoff, as the United States said it believed Vladimir Putin had yet to make a final decision on invading the ex-Soviet state.

While said it was ending some military drills, signalling a possible easing of the crisis, in Washington the alert level remained high -- with a top official calling the threat of invasion "more real than ever before."

White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre warned that: “We are in the window when an invasion could begin at any time” in relation to the face-off between and .

Back home in India, West Bengal has withdrawn the ban on incoming international flights effective Tuesday. However, international passengers either have to be fully vaccinated or go through an RT-PCR test within 72 hours from flight departure, an official statement reads.

The Assam government has said mandatory testing for Covid-19 at airports, railway stations and hospitals will stop from today, but those with symptoms may opt for tests on a voluntary basis.

On the business front, Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta and Hon Hai Technology Group (also known as Foxconn) have formed a joint venture (JV) to manufacture semiconductors in India. This is the first JV in the electronics manufacturing space after the PLI policy.


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First Published: Tue, February 15 2022. 07:30 IST