Earlier, the White House readout of Tuesday's telephone conversation between Putin and Biden said that the USA president had "voiced" Washington's "concerns over the sudden Russian military buildup in occupied Crimea and on Ukraine's borders, and called on Russia to de-escalate tensions". Biden proposed a summit in a third country "in the coming months" to discuss the full range of US-Russia issues, the White House said.
But the Crimea annexation and seven years of fighting Russian-backed forces in the eastern Donbass region drove Ukraine to overhaul its military, combining a huge increase in defence spending with aid and training from Western allies.
According to the White House account of the discussion, issues raised included strategic stability, Russia's alleged "cyber intrusions" and election meddling, and America's "unwavering commitment" to Ukraine. The White House added that Biden made clear that Russian Federation must "de-escalate tensions". Over the past week, there have been daily reports of Ukrainian military casualties and rebels also have reported losses.
Two US warships are due to arrive in the Black Sea this week in response to what USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials say is the largest massing of Russian forces - with thousands of combat-ready troops - since Moscow seized Crimea from Ukraine.
Tuesday's phonecall between Presidents Putin and Biden was "businesslike" and of considerable duration, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov indicated.
Shoigu said that the three-week exercise, which he called successful, was due to wrap up in the next two weeks.
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In the days after Putin's first vaccine dose, demand for Covid-19 vaccination rose "dramatically", the Vedomosti business daily reported earlier Wednesday, citing unnamed officials in the Moscow Mayor's Office and the presidential administration. Although Biden agreed to extend a major arms control deal with Russian Federation, he has been notably cool toward Moscow and highly critical of many of its activities. USA intelligence released a report last month finding that Putin authorized influence operations to help former President Donald Trump's reelection bid. The administration defended Biden's comment, saying he was being honest in response to a question but also adding that he continued to believe the US and Russian Federation must work together.
The back and forth underscored Biden's desire to distance himself from the perception that Trump was soft on Putin despite actions his administration took against Russian Federation. Mr Biden had also said Mr Putin would "pay a price" for alleged meddling in USA elections - leading to Russian Federation recalling its envoy to Washington.
In Tuesday's statement, the White House said Biden and Putin had "discussed a number of regional and global issues", including arms control.
Associated Press writer Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed reporting.
"We will not hesitate to raise the cost on Russian Federation and defend our vital interests and our people", Biden said.