President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin engaged in an hour-long phone call Saturday, February 12, in an attempt to ease tensions over Russian military aggression with its neighbor, Ukraine. While both had stated in previous reports that a diplomatic solution was possible, the call allegedly failed to ease tensions as no changes between the countries’ stances have changed.

During the diplomatic phone call, Biden had made it clear that there would be severe costs on Russia if it proceeds to invade Ukraine.

“President Biden was clear that, if Russia undertakes a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States together with our Allies and partners will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs on Russia,” said the White House in a press release.

A few days ago, SOFREP reported a statement made by National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan that the Russian threat of invasion was “immediate” (which seems to be the same as when it was being called “imminent”)and recommended that all Americans living in Ukraine should leave as soon as possible within 24 to 48 hours. This statement came after US intelligence reports stated that a Russian invasion of Ukraine might start on February 16.