The US and Russian leaders will speak on February 12

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China News Service Washington, February 11 (reporter Chen Mengtong)US President Joe Biden will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, the White House said Wednesday.On December 7, Biden and Putin held a video meeting in which they expounded their respective positions on the border situation in Ukraine.In January, the United States and Russia held diplomatic talks on Ukraine under the framework of NATO and the OSCE, but failed to achieve a breakthrough.Recently, the border situation between Russia and Ukraine has been tense.Both sides have deployed large numbers of military personnel and equipment along their border.The United States and Ukraine claim that Russia has massed troops on its border with Ukraine in preparation for an “invasion” of the country.Russia denies this, saying NATO activities threaten its borders and that it has the right to deploy troops to defend its territory.Biden held a video conference with LEADERS of NATO Allies and the European Union on Monday to discuss the situation in Ukraine.French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Scholz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Romanian President Johannis Johannis, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen attended the meeting.A White House statement on the meeting said the leaders expressed a desire to resolve the crisis in Ukraine diplomatically and discussed “multiple forms of engagement with Russia in the near future.”The parties expressed their position of coordinating to prevent the escalation of the situation in Ukraine.The participants pledged to continue close consultations, including with and through NATO, the European Union, the OSCE and the United Nations.The United States announced Tuesday that it is sending about 2,000 additional TROOPS to Germany and Poland and about 1,000 to Romania in response to border tensions with Ukraine.Us National Security Advisor Mike Sullivan reiterated on Sunday that the US military will not fight in Ukraine, and that the move is a “defensive deployment”.Sullivan also urged U.S. citizens to leave Ukraine “within the next 24 to 48 hours.””Obviously we can’t predict the future and we don’t know what will happen, but the stakes are high enough,” he said.As for the US position on the Ukraine issue, Sullivan said that the US hopes to resolve the issue with Russia through diplomatic channels, and “we have formulated the appropriate scope and principles for this.”If Russia chooses to take action to escalate the situation, the United States will act in step with its Allies and respond decisively.(after)