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Mikheil Saakashvili asked the BBC’s Newsnight if there was a risk that the tensions could lead to full-scale conflict. He said: “I have no doubt that Vladimir Putin is planning a massive intrusion into Ukraine. The question is when.

Georgia’s third president also highlighted Mr Putin’s vision for Ukraine, saying the Russian leader sees it as Russian land.

Mr Saakashvili said: “Remember, he was the one who said that Ukraine is not a real country, it is a territory.

“So the land is there to be reclaimed.”

The United States has become involved in the conflict with US President Joe Biden, demanding an urgent phone with his Russian counterpart.

During the phone call, Biden issued a stern warning about the acts of aggression in Ukraine.

Mr. Biden has made it “clear that the United States will act firmly to defend its national interests in response to Russia’s actions,” the White House said in a statement.

In response, Russia asked Washington to stay out of Crimea.

Mr Biden has called for a peace meeting to work out a deal that works for both sides.

The White House released a statement outlining key points in the phone conversations between the two leaders.

Regarding the two presidents, the communication said: “They discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the intention of the United States and Russia to continue a strategic stability dialogue on a range of mastery. armaments and emerging security issues, building on the extension. of the new START treaty.

“President Biden has also made it clear that the United States will act firmly to defend its national interests in response to Russian actions, such as cyber-intrusions and election interference.

“President Biden underscored the United States’ unwavering commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

“The president expressed our concerns about the sudden rise of the Russian army in occupied Crimea and on the borders of Ukraine, and called on Russia to defuse tensions.

“President Biden has reaffirmed his goal of building a stable and predictable relationship with Russia in line with American interests, and has proposed a summit meeting in a third country in the coming months to discuss the range of issues facing confronted the United States and Russia. ”

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This notice was published: 2021-04-14 04:00:56