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Russia-Ukraine tensions: Biden agrees to meet Putin if he halts attack

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration has been clear that we are committed to pursuing diplomacy until the moment an invasion begins.

US President Joe Biden (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin

US President Joe Biden (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin

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President Joe Biden has agreed in principle to a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as long as that country holds off on what US officials believe is an imminent assault on Ukraine.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration has been clear that we are committed to pursuing diplomacy until the moment an invasion begins.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are set to meet on Thursday in Europe as long as a further invasion doesn't occur.
In a statement, Psaki said: We are always ready for diplomacy. We are also ready to impose swift and severe consequences should Russia instead choose war. And currently, Russia appears to be continuing preparations for a full-scale assault on Ukraine very soon.
French President Emmanuel Macron assisted in brokering the potential talks after a day of talks with the two leaders Sunday.

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First Published: Feb 21 2022 | 7:40 AM IST

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