The White House on Friday called on Russia to defuse tensions with Ukraine, saying it had directly raised concerns about the military build-up of Moscow.
“We also continue to have serious concerns about Russian military activities and harsh rhetoric towards Ukraine and call on Moscow to defuse tensions,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
President Vladimir Putin has issued his own warnings. On Thursday, he said the West was taking Russia’s directives not to cross its “red lines” too lightly.
The Kremlin said on Friday that the comments were a response to provocative actions by NATO, including the arming of Ukraine. Ukraine opposes increased Russian military activity near the 1,208-mile (1,944 km) border it shares with Russia.
Despite a growing list of disputes, the Kremlin has maintained high-level contacts with Washington and has repeatedly spoken of a possible summit between Putin and US President Joe Biden to follow up on their first meeting in Geneva in June, which , according to Putin, had paved the way for improved ties.
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