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U.S. President Joe Biden Thursday warned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of a tough U.S. response to any invasion of Ukraine while the Kremlin leader said anti-Moscow sanctions would be, quote, "a colossal mistake," end quote.
After a 50-minute phone call, their second in just over three weeks, both presidents indicated support for further diplomacy on the tense standoff between Russia and Western-backed Ukraine.
Putin was pleased overall with the talks, his foreign policy adviser told reporters.
A senior U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the tone was "serious and substantive."
But there was no disguising the depth of disagreement or the dangerously high stakes on the fringes of Eastern Europe.
Ahead of in-person negotiations between high-ranking Russian and U.S. officials January 10, Mr. Biden's press secretary said in a statement that the president, quote, "made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invade Ukraine," end quote.
The congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Thursday urged the Supreme Court to deny a request by former President Donald Trump to shield some of his White House records.
In a written brief, the committee asked the high court to leave in place a lower court ruling that cleared the way for investigators to see telephone records, visitor logs and other documents for the closing weeks of Trump's presidency.
The committee has said it needs the requested materials to understand the role Trump may have played in fomenting the riot.
More than 100 police officers were injured during the multi-hour onslaught by Trump's supporters.
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