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Biden Has First Call With Russian President Vladimir Putin

WASHINGTON—The White House said Tuesday that President Biden held his first call as president with Russian President Vladimir Putin and raised concerns about issues including the detaining of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the massive SolarWinds hack and reports of Russia offering bounties on U.S. troops. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Mr. Biden reaffirmed…

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