US President Joe Biden informed that during his last conversation with the Russian leader Vladimir Putin, he told him that entering Ukraine would entail sanctions and an increased presence of the United States in Europe. On Sunday, Biden is to talk to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
During a phone call on Thursday, US President Joe Biden warned Vladimir Putin against an attempted invasion of Ukraine.
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Biden: I explained to Putin that if he enters Ukraine, we will apply strict sanctions
On Friday, Biden told reporters about the details of the conversation. – I explained to President Putin that if he made more moves, if he entered Ukraine, we would apply severe sanctions. We will increase our presence in Europe, along with our NATO allies, he said. He added that in the event of aggression from Russia, “there will be a high price to pay”.
The US leader said the Russian president has agreed to “three big meetings” next month to help find a solution to the situation. He admitted that he expected progress in these negotiations. But he made it clear, “I’ve made it clear that this will only work if it eases the escalation.”
Asked whether Moscow is facing sanctions if it keeps troops on the border with Ukraine, Biden said he did not intend to conduct such negotiations in public. – But we made it clear that it cannot – I emphasize – cannot move to Ukraine – he stressed.
Biden will talk to Zelensky
The White House announced on the same day that Biden is to talk to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday.
During the planned conversation, Biden “will confirm US support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, discuss the increase in Russia’s military activity at the borders with Ukraine, and discuss preparations for the upcoming diplomatic actions aimed at reducing tensions in the region”, the AFP agency reported, quoting unnamed words a White House official. “As we agreed with the United States, our strategic partner, nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine. I look forward to another conversation with President Joe Biden this Sunday to discuss the coordination of our efforts for peace in Ukraine and security in Europe,” he wrote. on Friday on Zelenskiy’s Twitter.
The US is taking diplomatic action
The US Department of State announced that the head of US diplomacy Antony Blinken held talks on Friday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the foreign ministers of Canada and Italy – Melanie Joly and Luigi Di Maio. Their topic was to discuss a common response in the form of the threat of “severe sanctions” to stop Russia from further aggression against Ukraine, the Reuters agency reported.
On January 10, most likely in Geneva, a meeting of Russian and American diplomats will be held, which will deal with broadly understood security issues. On January 12, a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council is scheduled, and a day later, representatives of Russia will meet with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
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