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No plans for in-person Biden-Putin meeting amid Ukraine tensions -Blinken

by Reuters
Tuesday, 21 December 2021 19:28 GMT

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday there were no plans for an in-person meeting between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, amid tensions over a Russian troop build-up on its border with Ukraine.

"I think we have to see if, in the first instance, there's any progress diplomatically," Blinken said in a news briefing, when asked if an in-person summit could happen to try to ease the tensions.

"We also want to see Russia de-escalate, to move forces back from the border with Ukraine, to take down the tension," he said. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Simon Lewis Editing by Chris Reese)

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