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Russia Says Putin-Biden Talk in the Works But No Date Yet

  • Kremlin hopes for phone call by year-end, no deal on timing
  • Lavrov may meet Blinken at OSCE event in Stockholm this week
Joe Biden, right, speaks to Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16.

Joe Biden, right, speaks to Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16.

Photographer: Peter Klaunzer/AFP/Getty Images

Russia said Monday it’s making preparations for a conversation between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. counterpart Joe Biden, their first since tensions erupted over a big Russian military buildup near Ukraine that’s sparked invasion fears.

There’s no agreement yet on timing, though the Kremlin is hoping for a call before the end of the year, according to Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.