Joe Biden The President of the United States is speaking on the phone on Sunday evening Volodymyr Zelensky With a Ukrainian president promising that the United States will “provide a firm response” if Russia attacks Ukraine, Ukrainian news portals reported on Monday, citing a White House press service.
According to the statement, the two heads of state have expressed their support for the planned diplomatic efforts with Russia through a bilateral dialogue next week, MTI writes. Negotiations between the United States and Russia on tensions over Ukraine are scheduled to begin on January 10. Representatives from Moscow and NATO are expected to meet on January 12, and Russia will hold talks with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on January 13.
Biden stressed that the United States and its allies are committed to the principle of not agreeing with others on their partners without their participation. Washington previously made it clear to Moscow that only NATO members and Ukraine can decide on Ukraine’s entry into NATO.
The US President reiterated the United States’ support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and the settlement of the Donetsk armed conflict in accordance with the Minsk and Normandy agreements.
Zelensky said in a message posted on Twitter that he had his first diplomatic talks with the US president this year, which he says testify to the “special nature” of the relations between the two countries. As he wrote, they discussed joint actions that should be taken to preserve peace in Europe and avoid further escalation, and exchanged views on reforms in Ukraine, including steps taken by Kyiv to reduce the influence of the oligarchy.
Ukrainian news portal Pravda reported that on December 30, Biden Russian President Vladimir Putin Telephone conversation with the Russian President. Biden warned Putin that the United States may impose more sanctions on Russia if Moscow takes more military action against Ukraine. But according to Putin, such a US action could completely disrupt relations between the two countries.
Recently, relations between the West and Russia have become very tense. Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded legally guaranteed guarantees that would prevent further NATO expansion in the east and the spread of arms in Ukraine, all of which he says threaten Russia’s security. Jens Stoltenberg The Secretary General of NATO and the leaders of several NATO member states rejected Moscow’s request.
Alexei Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (RNBO), said at a press conference on December 22 that Russia is currently deploying 122,000 soldiers in the immediate vicinity of the Ukrainian border.
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