The corresponding statement was published on the website of the White House.

"President Joe Biden today held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the escalation of military tensions on Ukraine's borders," the statement said.

Biden has made it clear, the White House says, that if Russia were to invade Ukraine, the United States, along with its allies and partners, would take decisive, swift, and serious action against Russia. 

It is noted that the American leader added that the United States seeks to continue to follow the diplomatic path of resolving the situation, but is ready for various scenarios.

Earlier, the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov said that the presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, plan to have a conversation on February 12 at the initiative of the American side. 

On February 12, Putin and Biden phoned at about 19:04 Moscow time.

Their conversation went on for over an hour.

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