Russian military deployment at the borders was on the menu of a telephone discussion between the two presidents on Sunday.
A few days after meeting with Vladimir Putin, accused of massing troops on the Russian-Ukrainian border, Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian head of state Volodymyr Zelensky during a phone call on Sunday. The American president assured that the United States and its allies “will respond energeticallyIf Russia invaded Ukraine, the White House said.
Kiev and its Western allies accuse Moscow of having massed tens of thousands of soldiers on the country’s borders in anticipation of a possible attack. For its part, Russia claims that its security requires the prohibition of any expansion of NATO, perceived as an existential threat, and the end of Western military activities that it claims to observe near Russian borders.
In this context, Joe Biden also expressed his support for diplomatic efforts, in particular for the discussions scheduled for January 9 and 10 in Geneva between US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and his Russian counterpart Sergei Riabkov. These discussions will be followed on January 12 by a Russia-NATO meeting, then on January 13 by a meeting within the framework of the OSCE.
Joe Biden, who multiplies the warnings to Vladimir Putin and pleads for a “de-escalation“, Assured to have again warned the Russian president against an attempted invasion of Ukraine during a telephone interview Thursday. “I made it clear to President Putin that we would adopt severe sanctions and that we would increase our presence in Europe, among our NATO allies.», Declared the American president.