Biden talks sanctions, Putin warns of rupture over Ukraine

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In this image provided by The White House, President Joe Biden speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone from his private residence in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. (Adam Schultz/The White House via AP)

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden has warned Russia’s Vladimir Putin that the U.S. could impose new sanctions against Russia if it takes further military action against Ukraine. Putin has responded that such a U.S. move could lead to a complete rupture of ties between the nations.

The two leaders spoke frankly for nearly an hour amid growing alarm over Russia’s troop buildup near Ukraine.

Putin’s foreign affairs adviser says further U.S. sanctions “would be a colossal mistake that would entail grave consequences.”

The White House says Biden made clear that the U.S. and its allies “will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine.”

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