Joe Biden calls on Russia to de-escalate tensions

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Joe Biden calls on Russia to de-escalate tensions

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden holds a meeting on infrastructure with members of Congress in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 4, 2021. REUTERS Tom Brenner File Photo WASHINGTON- U.S. President Vladimir Putin emphasized the United States' unwavering commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in a phone call with Russian president Joe Biden on Tuesday, and called on Russia to de-escalate tensions, the White House said.

Biden expressed concern about Russia's military buildup in Ukraine and on the border to Crimea, the White House said in a statement.

It said Biden also made clear that the United States will firmly defend its national interests in response to Russia's actions, such as cyber intrusions and election interference.

Putin also proposed a summit with Biden in a third country in coming months.

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