Biden, Putin finished phone conversation after one hour-UPDATED

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden

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# 12 February 2022 21:29 (UTC +04:00)

President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on Saturday as escalating concerns over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine grip Western governments, APA reports citing CNN.

The conversation began at 11:04 a.m. ET and wrapped an hour and two minutes later, according to the White House.

The call between the two leaders comes hours after the US moved some of its forces out of Ukraine and ordered the evacuation of most of its embassy staff on Saturday as fears mount that a Russian invasion of the country could take place in the next few days. The moves were yet another sign that the US fears Putin could order an invasion at any time, just one day after Biden's national security adviser warned Americans in Ukraine to leave and that military action could begin with an aerial bombardment that could kill civilians.

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US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are speaking on Saturday as escalating concerns over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine grip Western governments, APA reports citing CNN.

The conversation began at 11:04 a.m. ET, according to a White House official.

The call between the two leaders comes hours after the US moved some of its forces out of Ukraine and ordered the evacuation of most of its embassy staff on Saturday as fears mount that a Russian invasion of the country could take place in the next few days. The moves were yet another sign that the US fears Putin could order an invasion at any time, just one day after Biden's national security adviser warned Americans in Ukraine to leave and that military action could begin with an aerial bombardment that could kill civilians.

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