Biden, Putin discuss Ukraine tensions in new phone call

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Washington (AFP) – Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin discussed soaring Russia-West tensions over Ukraine on Thursday in a phone call aimed at opening the door to a diplomatic solution in formal talks next month. The call, held at the request of the Kremlin leader, lasted 50 minutes, a White House official said from Wilmington, Delaware, where Biden was spending the New Year’s holiday at home. This was the second time Putin and Biden talked in just over three weeks, reflecting intense diplomacy to try and resolve a dangerously escalating standoff on the fringes of eastern Europe. Ahead of…

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