US Mulling Evacuation of Citizens from Ukraine if Russia Invades, Biden Starts Talks with Putin

The US government has reportedly started contingency planning for the evacuation of its citizens in Ukraine in case of a Russian invasion.

According to CNN’s sources, the Pentagon is identifying possible scenarios in case an evacuation is needed for US citizens in Ukraine if tensions with Russia start to intensify. 

The US government has not yet disclosed how many Americans are in Ukraine and how they plan to get them out of there. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US counterpart Joe Biden are currently holding a secure video call but details of the meeting would only be disclosed later. 

Russian Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the meeting could last “as long as it takes” and would take time. 

“There are a lot of emotional statements in recent days. They are exalted, they lack a sound approach. Obviously, if two presidents go to talk, they are still aimed at discussing issues, and do not mean to lead the matter to a dead end,” added Peskov. 

The White House said they would give details of the meeting between Biden and Putin around four hours after it has started (18:00 GMT).

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