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  • >> Announcer: THIS IS CNN

  • BREAKING NEWS.

  • >> YOU ARE LIVE IN THE "CNN

  • NEWSROOM," JIM ACOSTA IN

  • WASHINGTON, LAST-DITCH EFFORTS

  • TO AVOID A RUSSIAN INVASION OF

  • UKRAINE OFFICIALS IN THE U.S.

  • SAY COULD BEGIN AT ANY TIME.

  • PRESIDENT BIDEN COULD BE ONE OF

  • THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL PHONE

  • CALLS OF HIS PRESIDENCY, A

  • 62-MINUTE PHONE CONVERSATION

  • WARNING VLADIMIR PUTIN ABOUT

  • SPARKING A WAR THAT COULD

  • PRODUCE WIDESPREAD HUMAN

  • SUFFERING IN EUROPE.

  • A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL

  • TELLS CNN RUSSIA MAY ATTACK

  • ANYWAY.

  • OTHER WORRYING SIGNS THE U.S.

  • BELIEVES DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS

  • COULD BE IN VAIN.

  • THE U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

  • HAS TAKEN SOME U.S. FORCES OUT

  • OF UKRAINE MOVING THEM ELSEWHERE

  • IN EUROPE.

  • THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS ORDERED

  • ALL NON-EMERGENCY STAFF TO LEAVE

  • THE U.S. EMBASSY IN KYEV AND

  • MAKING PERSONAL PHONE CALLS TO

  • OTHER AMERICANS IN THE COUNTRY

  • WARNING IT IS PAST TIME TO GET

  • OUT AND NO ONE IS COMING TO

  • RESCUE YOU IF UKRAINE BECOMES A

  • COMBAT ZONE.

  • RUSSIA HAS UKRAINE SURROUNDED ON

  • THREE SIDES, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS

  • AN INVASION LIKELY BEGIN WITH

  • AERIAL BOMBING, MISSILE ATTACKS

  • AND A RAPID ASSAULT ON KYEV,

  • POTENTIALLY DURING THE OLYMPICS.

  • CNN IS COVERING EVERY ANGLE OF

  • THE CRISIS.

  • KYLIE ATWOOD AND ARLETTE SAENZ.

  • WHAT MORE DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE

  • PHONE CALL BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT

  • AND VLADIMIR PUTIN?

  • THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT

  • CONVERSATION THAT JUST TOOK

  • PLACE.

  • >> Reporter: THIS IS A HIGH

  • STAKES CONVERSATION BETWEEN

  • PRESIDENT BIDEN AND RUSSIAN

  • PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN AND

  • SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL

  • SAYS THERE WAS NO FUNDAMENTAL

  • CHANGE TO THE DYNAMIC UNFOLDING

  • OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST FEW

  • WEEKS.

  • THE LIKELIHOOD OF RUSSIA

  • INVADING UKRAINE APPEARS TO BE

  • INCREASING.

  • THE OFFICIAL DESCRIBES THE

  • CONVERSATION AS PROFESSIONAL AND

  • SUBSTANTIVE BUT SAID RUSSIA MAY

  • MOVE FORWARD WITH A MILITARY

  • ATTACK ANYWAYS.

  • THE PHONE CALL BETWEEN BIDEN AND

  • PUTIN LASTED JUST OVER AN HOUR.

  • THE PRESIDENT HOLDING THAT

  • SECURE CALL FROM CAMP DAVID AND

  • I WANT TO READ A PORTION OF THE

  • WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT REGARDING

  • THAT CALL.

  • THE PRESIDENT WARNED THERE WOULD

  • BE SEVERE COSTS IMPOSED ON

  • RUSSIA IF IT MOVES FORWARD WITH

  • AN INVASION AND PRESIDENT BIDEN

  • REITERATED A FURTHER RUSSIAN

  • INVASION OF UKRAINE WOULD

  • PRODUCE WIDESPREAD HUMAN

  • SUFFERING AND DIMINISH RUSSIA'S

  • STANDING.

  • PRESIDENT BIDEN WAS CLEAR WITH

  • PRESIDENT PUTIN THAT WHILE THE

  • UNITED STATES REMAINS PREPARED

  • TO ENGAGE IN DIPLOMACY IN FULL

  • COORDINATION WITH OUR ALLIES AND

  • PARTNERS WE ARE EQUALLY PREPARED

  • FOR OTHER SCENARIOS.

  • THE U.S. AND ALLIES ARE WORKING

  • ON A PACKAGE OF SANCTIONS

  • IMPOSED AGAINST RUSSIA IF IT

  • MOVES FORWARD WITH AN INVASION

  • AND COMMITTED TO PROVIDING

  • UKRAINE WITH SOME DEFENSE

  • CAPABILITIES TO TRY TO PROTECT

  • THEMSELVES.

  • WE'VE SEEN THE U.S. PLANNING AND

  • DEPLOYING THOUSANDS OF TROOPS TO

  • NEIGHBORING POLAND OVER THE

  • COURSE OF THIS PAST WEEK, OF

  • THOSE EFFORTS TO PUT MILITARY

  • POSITIONING, IN EASTERN EUROPEAN

  • NATO ALLY COMPANIES IN AN EFFORT

  • TO BOLSTER NATO ALLIES OF THE

  • U.S. MADE CLEAR THEY WILL NOT BE

  • SENDING AMERICAN TROOPS INTO

  • UKRAINE.

  • THE U.S. ALSO TRYING TO PROTECT

  • AMERICAN INTERESTS IN THE

  • COUNTRY EVACUATING MOST OF THE

  • NON-EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AT THE

  • U.S. EMBOSSY IN KYEV.

  • THEY'VE WARNED AMERICANS NEED TO

  • LEAVE THE COUNTRY IMMEDIATELY

  • THIS WEEKEND, AS THE SECURITY

  • SITUATION COULD CONTINUE TO

  • DEVOLVE IN THE COMING DAYS.

  • THE QUESTION IS WHAT ARE THESE

  • NEXT STEPS.

  • PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS SAID, THE

  • HOUSE SAYS IN THAT CALL

  • PRESIDENT BIDEN SAYS HE AND HIS

  • TEAM WILL REMAIN IN CONTACT WITH

  • RUSSIA OVER THE COURSE OF THE

  • PAST FEW DAYS.

  • THE WHITE HOUSE HOPING DIPLOMACY

  • COULD HELP LEAD TO DE-ESCALATION

  • BUT IT'S UNCLEAR WHETHER THAT

  • MIGHT BE POSSIBLE IF PUTIN

  • DECIDES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH AN

  • INVASION WHICH THE WHITE HOUSE

  • SAYS THEY DO NOT HAVE FULL

  • VISIBILITY ON IN HIS CURRENT

  • THINKING AND WHETHER HE'LL MAKE

  • THE DECISION TO DO THAT.

  • >> ARLETTE THAT WAS VERY MUCH.

  • NIC, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING FROM

  • THE KREMLIN?

  • I SUPPOSE MORE DENIALS, MORE OF

  • THE SAME?

  • >>Y, YES, THAT SUMS IT UP,

  • DOESN'T IT.

  • THE DIPLOMATIC DIALOGUE MHAS NO

  • SHIFTED.

  • HIS SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPUTY IN

  • THE OFFICE THE CONVERSATION CAME

  • FROM A POSITION OF HYSTERIA OF

  • THESE ACCUSATIONS THAT RUSSIA IS

  • ABOUT TO INVADE UKRAINE.

  • I THINK THE CENTRAL THEME FROM

  • PRESIDENT BIDEN'S PRESIDENT

  • PUTIN FROM THE RUSSIAN

  • PERSPECTIVE WAS TO REITERATE

  • THEY HAVE NOT HAD THEIR CORE

  • ISSUES ADRESSED WHICH IS TO DENY

  • UKRAINE ACCESS TO NATO AND INAT

  • TO GO BACK TO THE 1997 POSITION.

  • PRESIDENT MACRON HEARD A VERSION

  • OF THAT WHEN HE SPOKE TO

  • PRESIDENT PUTIN, SECRETARY OF

  • STATE ANTONY BLINKEN HEARD THAT

  • WHEN HE SPOKE WITH SERGEY LAVROV

  • THE FOREIGN MINISTER.

  • I THINK THE TWO OTHER THREADS

  • THAT CAME OUT OF TODAY WAS RUSH,

  • IN THE SORT OF ANTONY

  • BLINKEN/LAVROV CALL AND THE

  • PUTIN/MACRON CALL, RUSSIA TRYING

  • TO PUT PRESSURE ON THE UNITED

  • STATES, ON FRANCE, JEREMY

  • GERMANY AND OTHERS TO PUT

  • PRESSURE ON UKRAINE TO COMPLY IN

  • THEIR VIEW WITH THE MINSK

  • AGREEMENT, TO GET TALK WITH THE

  • RUSSIAN-BACKED PRO SEPARATISTS,

  • AND THEY DON'T WANT TO GET INTO

  • THOSE CONVERSATIONS.