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VIDEO: Biden affirms need for diplomacy, promises action if Russia invades Ukraine

President Joe Biden says the U.S. has “not yet verified” Russia’s claim that some of its forces have withdrawn from the Ukraine border. Biden says an invasion of Ukraine remains a distinct possibility.

The president made the remarks Tuesday at the White House hours after Russia announced that some units participating in military exercises near Ukraine’s borders would begin returning to their bases. Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier Tuesday said Russia was ready for talks with the United States and NATO on military transparency, missile deployment limits and other security issues. Biden warned again that if Russia invades Ukraine the U.S. “will rally the world to oppose its aggression.”

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