Biden told Zelensky about his readiness to take measures in the event of Russia's invasion of Ukraine Earlier, the US President warned Vladimir Putin about decisive measures in the event of aggression against Ukraine. The Russian leader said in response that new sanctions could lead to a break in relations between the two countries
US President Joe Biden in a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky said that Washington and its allies are ready to take decisive action in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, the White House said.
“ President Biden made it clear that The United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia takes further steps to invade Ukraine, '', & mdash; Jen Psaki, White House spokesman, said in a statement.
It is noted that the heads of state expressed support for a diplomatic solution to the situation, including through Russia's contacts with NATO and the OSCE.
On the night of December 30-31, Biden spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and warned him about the measures in the event of military aggression against Ukraine. The US President stressed that significant progress in the negotiations on security guarantees can only be achieved if the situation is de-escalated.
Biden said after talks with the Russian president that he had “ made it clear '' that Moscow had no right to invade Ukraine. Should this happen, he also promised that the United States would increase its “[military] presence in Europe along with NATO allies.”
Putin told the American leader during the conversation that the imposition of “ unprecedented sanctions '' that the West threatens Russia with could lead to a complete rupture of relations between Moscow and Washington.
In October – November last year, some Western media published publications about the impending “ invasion '' Russia to Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly denied this information. In a videoconference with Biden on December 7, Putin said that NATO was “ making dangerous attempts to reclaim Ukrainian territory. '' and is building up its military capabilities at the Russian borders. He pointed to Russia's interest in legal guarantees of non-expansion of the alliance to the east.
In mid-December, the Russian side sent the US and NATO a draft treaty on security guarantees and an agreement on security measures for Russia and the alliance countries. Moscow proposed, in particular, to abandon the inclusion of the countries of the former USSR in the bloc and the deployment of NATO military bases on their territory. The draft agreements will be discussed at the talks between Russia and the United States in Geneva on January 10. Meeting of the Council Russia & mdash; NATO will take place on January 12 in Brussels. A meeting between Russia and the OSCE is scheduled for January 13.
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