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Pentagon accuses Russia of LYING about chasing US submarine out of its waters as Biden spends an hour on the phone with Putin to warn of ‘swift and severe’ economic and political costs of invading Ukraine

  • Pentagon issued statement accusing Russia of bare-faced lies over claim it had chased US submarine away

  • Spokesman said: ‘There is no truth to the Russian claims of our operations in their territorial waters.’ 

  • Incident is said to have happened off the Russian-controlled Kuril Islands in the Pacific

  • Kremlin claims it ordered US submarine to surface, then forced it out after being ignored.  

  • Biden and Putin spoke for a little over an hour in a high-stakes telephone call on Saturday as tensions mount

  • The US president warned his counterpart of ‘swift and severe’ costs if he pushed ahead with invading Ukraine

  • But he also said it was not too late for a diplomatic solution to a crisis that has taken Europe to the brink of war

  • Earlier, an intelligence report warned that  Putin wants to invade Ukraine on Wednesday

  • US Embassy in Kiev will suspend all consular services starting on Sunday as diplomatic staff evacuate 

  • Polish and US officials are scouting sites for fortified border control points along the frontier with Ukraine 

  • Russian diplomat Sergey Lavrov accused US of waging ‘propaganda campaign’ on call with Antony Blinken  

  • It comes as Putin launched military drills in Belarus on Saturday, alongside a major sea drill in the Black Sea 

  • And the Pentagon denied Moscow’s claims that a US Navy submarine of violated Russian waters in the Pacific 

  • Growing list of countries urge citizens to leave Ukraine, including Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Belgium

Tensions between the US and Russia worsened further on Sunday night after the Pentagon accused the Kremlin of lying about chasing an American sub out of its waters.

The terse American statement, issued to Reuters correspondent Indrees Ali on Saturday, said: ‘There is no truth to the Russian claims of our operations in their territorial waters.’

Russia claimed to have shooed the US submarine out of its waters off the Kuril Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, earlier on Saturday. 

The US refused to comment further on where exactly the incident had taken place, citing national security reasons, but Reuters said it had unfolded just off the coast of Urup.  

It is unclear exactly when the incident is said to have taken place, with Russia claiming its Marshal Shaposhnikov anti-submarine destroyer had detected the US Navy’s Virginia-class submarine in its territory.

According to the disputed account from the Kremlin, the US sub ignored Russian demands to surface, with the Shaposhnikov then used ‘appropriate means’ to drive the submarine out of its waters at full speed. 

A Russian defense ministry spokesperson said: ‘In connection with the violation by the US Navy submarine of the state border of the Russian Federation, the defense attaché at the US embassy in Moscow was summoned to the Russian defense ministry.’ 

The islands where the incident took place sit north of Japan’s Hokkaido island, and have been under Russian control since they were seized by Kremlin troops during the final days of World War Two. 

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden told Vladimir Putin on Saturday morning that Russia would face ‘swift and severe’ economic and political costs if it invaded Ukraine, amid frantic efforts to persuade Moscow to pull back from the brink.

The two leaders held an hour-long conversation a day after US officials said they believed Putin could launch an invasion at any time, and as American diplomats began leaving the embassy in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. 

‘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 after the call finished.

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