Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes fingers with US President Joe Biden forward of their talks in Geneva on June 16, 2021; they’ll maintain a digital assembly on December 7, 2021. — AFP/File

MOSCOW: The Kremlin mentioned Monday on the eve of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden that Moscow isn’t anticipating “breakthroughs”, as tensions rise over Ukraine.

The 2 leaders are anticipated to debate a spread of points on Tuesday within the night Russia time by safe video hyperlink, after weeks of Washington accusing Moscow of planning an invasion of ex-Soviet Ukraine.

“It is troublesome to anticipate breakthroughs from the talks,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned, in accordance with Russian information businesses.

“Due to this fact let’s a minimum of hope that the leaders will have the ability to convey their considerations to one another,” he mentioned.

“Though our bilateral relations are nonetheless in a really unhappy state, there’s nonetheless a revival, dialogue is starting in some areas.”

Washington and Kiev say Russia has massed tens of 1000’s of troops close to Ukraine’s borders and will launch an invasion subsequent month.

Forward of Tuesday’s talks, the White Home mentioned Biden will underscore Washington’s considerations with Russian army actions on the border.

Russia has denied the accusations and mentioned it’s involved about what it says is a Ukrainian mobilisation totalling half its military close to two areas within the nation’s east held by pro-Moscow separatists.

Kiev and its Western allies accuse Moscow of sending arms and troops to assist the rebels, who seized the territory in 2014 shortly after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine.

The long-simmering battle has claimed the lives of greater than 13,000 folks.

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