O President of the United States of America, Joe Bidentold Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday (2) that the country and its allies would “give a decisive response” if Russia invades Ukraine further. white House in a statement.
The call came days after Biden held his second conversation with the Russian president in a month Vladimir Putin Amid tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border, where Russia has concentrated about 100,000 troops.
“President Biden has made it clear that the United States and its allies and allies will respond decisively if Russia attacks Ukraine further,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
According to the White House, Biden and Zelensky discussed preparations for a series of diplomatic meetings to deal with the crisis.
Zelensky said on Twitter that they discussed joint action to keep peace in Europe and prevent further escalation.
“The first international lecture of the year with @POTUS proves the special nature of our relationship,” Zelensky tweeted. He said that joint actions of Ukraine, the United States and partners to maintain peace in Europe, avoidance of escalation, reforms, de-ligarki were discussed. We appreciate Ukraine’s unwavering support.
“Delegates from the United States and Russia are expected to hold talks in Geneva on January 9 and 10, followed by talks between Russia and the NATO Council and a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Biden said he told Putin that it was important for Russians to take steps to defuse the crisis ahead of these meetings.
Putin’s foreign affairs adviser told reporters last week that Putin had warned Biden that complying with the sanctions “could lead to a complete breakdown in relations between our countries and seriously undermine Russia-West relations.” “
Kremlin officials have insisted they want assurances that any future NATO expansion should exclude Ukraine and other former Soviet countries. The Russians demanded that the military alliance remove offensive weapons from the countries in the region.
The White House said Biden expressed support for diplomatic measures to de-escalate tensions while reaffirming “the United States’ commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”