President Biden said there was uncertainty among allies about how they would respond to a "minor incursion" by Russia into Ukraine. That led to alarm overseas — and a clean-up at home.
Russia's Interfax news, citing the military, reports that 10,000 troops are returning to their "permanent deployment points" from the border region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin once floated the prospect of his country joining NATO.
Military experts say Russia would face stronger resistance from Ukraine than it did when it annexed the Crimean Peninsula seven years ago
In a scheduled video call Tuesday with the Russian president, Biden will outline economic sanctions and stepped-up support for NATO allies if Russia invades, a senior administration official says.
Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence officer, died in London weeks after drinking tea that was later found to have been laced with the deadly radioactive compound polonium-210.
Biden tried to repair ties with European allies and convinced them to take a tougher stance on China. Next he'll confront Russia. But selling this at home remains the hardest part.
Biden will instead hold a solo press conference, which a White House official called "the appropriate format to clearly communicate with the free press the topics that were raised in the meeting."
Biden wants to rebuild relations with allies, but some of his old friends in Europe have grown weary after the last four years.
President Biden will be in Europe for eight days, first meeting with allies and partners at the G7 and NATO summits. And then, he'll square off with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.
President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet face-to-face in Switzerland next month. The agenda will include nuclear arms control, climate change and Russia's election meddling.
President Biden is getting ready for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month. Domestic politics are making Biden's approach to the talks even tougher.
The 44-year-old opposition leader was arrested in January after returning from Germany, where he was recovering from a near-fatal poisoning that he and Western governments have blamed on the Kremlin.
The president hasn't yet signed up but 2.2 million Russians have been vaccinated, countries are signing up for doses — and our Moscow reporter rolled up his sleeve.
The Russian leader contacted U.S. President-elect Joe Biden after the Electoral College affirmed his victory. Putin was one of the last major world leaders to do so.