Russia sent a new letter to the United States — only it was a mixup letter about an entirely different matter than the ongoing tension with Ukraine.

The news: State Department officials confirmed Monday that the U.S. had “received a written follow-up from Russia,” which was a response to the missive the U.S. sent to Russia that denied Russia’s demands about Ukraine, CNN reports.

Yes, but: Russia said Tuesday that the country hadn’t sent its “main reply to the U.S.,” according to CNN.

  • “There was a mix-up,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call. “It (the Russian correspondence) regarded a different matter. The main reply on this issue hasn’t been handed over, it’s still being prepared.”
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Catch up on the situation: Last week, the United States sent a letter to Russia that rejected the country’s demand to keep Ukraine out of NATO.

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The bigger picture: This is all happening amid increased tension at the Russia-Ukraine border.

  • Russia has amassed hundreds of thousands of troops at the border, sending medical equipment to treat casualties there, as I reported for the Deseret News,
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