In the midst of the tense situation in the Ukraine conflict, the planned virtual summit of Russia's President Vladimir Putin and American President Joe Biden has now been scheduled for Tuesday, according to the Kremlin.

That said spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Saturday in Moscow for the Interfax agency.

According to Russian information, the Ukraine conflict will also be an issue.

Biden had warned Putin against a military intervention in Ukraine and announced new initiatives to protect the Eastern European country.

According to information that has not yet been denied, Russia has concentrated a large number of troops in areas not far from the border with Ukraine.

Deployment with up to 175,000 soldiers

Putin and Biden met for their first summit in Geneva in June.

Among other things, new talks on a nuclear disarmament initiative were agreed.

According to matching media reports, US intelligence services expect an imminent Russian military march on the Ukrainian border with up to 175,000 soldiers.

The “offensive” could begin early next year, reported the Washington Post and the New York Times on Saturday, citing documents from the American secret services and government officials.

The intelligence agency findings showed that Russia was preparing a massive attack on Ukraine, the officials said.

However, it is unclear whether the Russian President actually wants to attack Ukraine.

According to the information, artillery, tanks and other heavy equipment will also be deployed at various locations along the Ukrainian border with the relocation of the soldiers.

The analysis is based in part on satellite images that showed "newly arrived units" along the border in November, it said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, accused the United States of carrying out a "special operation" "to worsen the situation in Ukraine while at the same time shifting responsibility onto Russia".

That said spokeswoman Maria Sakharova of the Russian newspaper "Kommersant" on Saturday.

“It is based on provocative actions near the Russian border, accompanied by accusatory rhetoric against Moscow.

In principle nothing new, ”she said.

Blinken: We are deeply concerned

The American Secretary of State Antony Blinken had only a few days ago accused Russia of preparing an attack. "We are deeply concerned about the evidence that Russia has plans to take significant aggressive steps against Ukraine," said Blinken. The American government has threatened Moscow with massive sanctions in the event of an attack, which would be implemented together with allies.

Ukraine had only warned of a possible attack by Russia on Friday.

"The most likely time for escalation readiness is the end of January," said Defense Minister Olexy Resnikov.

He named a number of 94,300 Russian soldiers who could be ready for it.

It is a "probable scenario" that does not have to occur.

According to US reports, the Washington government is currently assuming around 70,000 Russian soldiers on the Ukrainian border.

Russia annexed the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in 2014 after the elected Ukrainian government was violently overthrown in Kiev.

In the east of the country, rebels supported by Moscow have since been fighting against the now pro-Western government in Kiev.