Kremlin: A video summit between Biden and Putin will take place on Tuesday

“Yes, we confirm,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax in response to a question.

He also confirmed that it will be a video call. “Yes, the video,” Peskov said, asking for clarification on the format of the talks.

Biden and Putin’s talks will take place in the evening after Russian time, and the duration of the talks will be determined by the leaders themselves, Peskov added.

At the same time, the West and Kiev have not worried that Russia is planning a new attack on Ukraine.

Biden said on Friday he was preparing new measures to stop any plans by Russia to invade Ukraine.

“I have put together what I consider to be the most comprehensive and meaningful package of initiatives to make it very, very difficult for Mr Putin to continue and do what people are worried he could do,” Biden told reporters on Friday.

The US administration maintains constant contact with Kiev and its European allies, the president added.

Earlier, both the United States and Ukraine reported that Russia had stepped up its military presence near the Ukrainian border.

Tensions have escalated in recent weeks and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has warned Russia not to carry out a military invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Friday, citing intelligence, that Russia had deployed more than 94,000 troops near Ukraine’s border and could invade Ukraine in late January.

The Kremlin has denied suspicions of an attack and has accused the United States of escalating tensions.

The Kremlin announced Friday that a video summit between Putin and Biden is expected next week.

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Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters that Putin planned to explain to Biden the proposal for security guarantees that would halt NATO’s expansion to the east and end the threatening deployment of weapons in Russia’s neighborhood, including Ukraine.

Tensions between the two powers remain high, although contacts between the parties have intensified since Putin and Biden first took part in bilateral talks in Geneva in June.

There are also disagreements between Russia and the United States over cyber attacks and embassy staff following several waves of diplomatic expulsions.

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