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High stakes for Ukraine in Putin-Biden virtual summit

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Washington (AFP) – Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will face off in a high-stakes video call Tuesday, with the US president aiming to convince his Russian counterpart to refrain from attacking Ukraine. Washington and its European allies remain uncertain of whether tens of thousands of ground forces that Moscow has moved to Ukraine’s borders are a genuine invasion threat or a bluff by the Russian leader. Putin meanwhile says he wants guarantees that Ukraine will not become a member of the NATO alliance. If he decides an attack on Ukraine is merited, the Russian leader risks a coordinated Western r…

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