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Tensions in Ukraine: Biden-Putin meeting scheduled for Tuesday, according to the Kremlin

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We confirm that this interview will take place on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday, quoted by the Interfax news agency. The exchange will take place In the evening (in Russia), and its duration will be determined by the presidents themselves, he told the Ria Novosti agency.

The announcement of this interview, which Moscow and Washington have been preparing for several days, comes in a context of strong tensions between Russia and Western countries, which accuse it of preparing an imminent invasion of Ukraine.

Kiev and its allies accuse Russia in particular of having massed troops and tanks on its border in anticipation of an attack.

Moscow has repeatedly denied any belligerent inclination and accused Western countries of increasing Provocation, in particular by carrying out military exercises in the Black Sea, an area that Russia considers to be its backyard.

Ukraine has been torn since 2014 by a war between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, a conflict that has left more than 13,000 dead.

In this tense climate, Biden said on Friday that the United States was preparing a set of initiatives dissuasive to make very, very difficult for Mr Putin to do what people fear he will do.

To ease tensions, Moscow is calling for security guarantees, and in particular the assurance that NATO will not continue to expand eastwards, in particular with the accession of Ukraine.

Kiev, for its part, categorically refuses to abandon such a membership project, formally on the table since 2008, but remained in limbo.

In addition to Ukraine, the subjects of tension between Washington and Moscow have multiplied in recent months, despite the desire for appeasement displayed by MM. Putin and Biden at a first summit in June in Geneva.

The two countries have notably embarked on a new arms race and accuse each other of interference.

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