Joe Biden will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the Russian leader made the request.

Context: Joe Biden will speak to Vladimir Putin on Thursday after a request was made by the Russian President.

The leaders will discuss upcoming diplomatic events and other issues. Biden has said there is no better way to deal with Russia than direct leader-to-leader dialogue.

Why this is important: Tensions in the region are escalating between Ukraine and Russia and diplomatic scramble of the United States and Europe has commenced in order to stop an invasion

Ukraine has requested military help, but the United States has yet to grant it.

What Biden will preview: Biden will discuss bilateral talks set to begin on January 10th between the countries as well as a meeting between Russia, the United States, and the United States allies in the region.

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