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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12: U.S. President Joe Biden meets with members of Congress in the Oval Office at the White House on April 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden and the bipartisan group of politicians discussed the American Jobs Plan, the administration's $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. (Photo by Amr Alfiky-Pool/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin, directly raising concerns about the Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s border. The White House says Biden told Putin the U.S. would “act firmly in defense of its national interests” regarding Russian cyber intrusions and election interference. Biden also proposed a summit meeting in a third country “in the coming months” to discuss the full range of U.S.-Russia issues. The call comes amid a surge of cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine, where Russia-baсked separatists and Ukrainian forces have been locked in a conflict since Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.