American President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be on the phone this Thursday amid tensions surrounding Ukraine.

The White House said on Wednesday that it will deal with a "range of issues" including diplomatic talks with Russia planned for January.

Meanwhile, the American government is continuing its talks with "European allies and partners" about the massive Russian troop deployment on the border with Ukraine, said the spokeswoman for the National Security Council of the United States, Emily Horne.

The aim is to define a “common approach in response” to the Russian approach.

Last video call on December 7th

For some time now, the West has been concerned about the Russian troop deployment on the border with Ukraine.

There are fears that Moscow might attack the neighboring country.

Russia denies any plans to attack, rejects criticism of the troop movements and, for its part, accuses Kiev and NATO of "provocations".

Biden and Putin last had a video call on December 7th.

Representatives of the United States and Russia plan to meet in Geneva on January 10 to discuss the conflict in Ukraine.

Talks between Russia and NATO are planned two days later, and consultations between Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are to follow on January 13.

Russia has presented drafts for two agreements with the United States and NATO, with which the eastward expansion of the military alliance and the establishment of American military bases in states of the former Soviet sphere of influence are to be prohibited.

The far - reaching demands were rejected by several NATO members.

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