As the days wear on in 2021, it appears as though Russia is going to do whatever she likes, and this has the world on edge.
Vladimir Putin has long been one of the more bombastic leaders in the world, often deciding what behavior is appropriate from himself, and daring anyone outside of the Kremlin’s grasp to stop him if they’d like to. It’s belligerent, undoubtedly, and it appears as though US President Joe Biden has had enough of it.
US President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin will speak via video call on Tuesday, the White House says, amid mounting tensions over Ukraine.Advertisement - story continues below
It comes after Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US had evidence that Russia had made plans for a “large scale” attack on Ukraine.
But he added it was unclear if Mr Putin had made a final decision to invade.Trending:
Russia has denied any such intention, and accused Ukraine of executing its own troop build-up.
Much of the world appeared united in their efforts to prevent such a move.
On Friday, Mr Biden warned he would make it “very, very difficult” for Mr Putin to “go ahead and do what people are worried he may do”.
The US and its European allies have discussed imposing sanctions on Russia if it takes aggressive action.
While Ukraine is not a Nato member, it has close ties with the bloc and has received Western weapons including US Javelin anti-tank missiles.
But Putin has faced such pressure before, yet he remains obstinate and abhorrent in a great many aspects of his public behavior.