POLITICO Playbook: Biden and Putin speak again at ‘moment of crisis’


It’s a slow news day, which is good news to your Playbook team, where two of us are dealing with one of the random aspects of this latest covid surge: households in which one person has tested positive but everyone else is negative (so far).

THE BIDEN-PUTIN CALL — President Joe Biden, who is at home in Wilmington today, will talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin at 3:30. It’s their second conversation since Dec. 7, when they held a video call to discuss tensions over Putin’s military buildup around Ukraine.

Today’s call was requested by Putin and the White House has decided to turn the telephone summit into a somewhat public event. A senior…

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