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Biden and Putin meet over video call in effort to de-escalate tensions

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President Biden spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in an effort to de-escalate tensions that have been mounting as Russia has sent tens of thousands of troops to the Ukrainian border.

The U.S. sees this troop buildup as a threat to Ukraine, a democratic ally. President Biden's message to Putin is that there will be severe consequences if Russia invades Ukraine.

We get the latest on the call from NPR's Michele Kelemen.

This segment aired on December 7, 2021.

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