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Virtual summit between Putin and Biden begins amid Ukraine tensions

A virtual summit between US President Joe Biden Putin and Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun, Russian news agencies say.

Biden is set to to warn Putin against invading Ukraine, threatening painful sanctions and more US military support for Eastern Europe if the Russian leader triggers a military conflict.

Russia denies any plans to move against Ukraine, but with satellite pictures showing massive troop concentrations on the border, fears are growing over war in Europe.

US President Joe Biden (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a meeting at the ‘Villa la Grange,’ June 16, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The United States says it doesn’t know what Russia intends to do in Ukraine, but has raised alarm over movements of what US officials say are some 100,000 battle-ready troops.

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