Biden indicated to Putin that America will act decisively if Russia attacks Ukraine

Putin requested a phone call this week, and Biden, believing there was nothing that could replace a direct conversation between heads of state, was happy to comply. Biden and Putin last spoke in a video conference on December 7, which ended with a promise to resume diplomatic talks, but there are no indications that Russia is preparing to de-escalate the situation, according to the report. CNN.

According to NBC, Biden’s comments were similar to a hypothetical conversation with Putin earlier this month, during which the US president asserted that Moscow would face “serious consequences” if it attacked Ukraine.

The phone call began at 3:35 PM ET (9:35 PM CET). Biden answered the call at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.

The phone call, which lasted about 50 minutes, took place amid growing concern from Biden administration officials as Americans increasingly fear Russia will attack Ukraine, as it did in 2014.

President Biden urged Russia to resolve tensions with Ukraine. He made it clear that the United States and its allies and partners would respond decisively if Russia launched a further attack on Ukraine.

Psaki said in a statement on Thursday.

A senior Biden administration official said on Wednesday that Thursday’s call came “at the request of the Russian side,” adding:

I can’t say why the Russian side asked for this call

US government officials have said de-escalation is necessary for Ukraine to make progress in areas where Russia wants to see action.

The United States and Russia are scheduled to hold security talks on January 10, in which Biden and Putin are not expected to participate.

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