US President Joe Biden stressed in a phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the United States, along with its allies and partners, is ready to respond decisively if Russia continues to attack Ukraine.
According to a statement by the White House, Joe Biden He affirmed “the commitment of the United States to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” The US president stressed that the United States has provided more than half a billion dollars in development and humanitarian aid to Ukraine over the past year and is considering more economic support for the eastern European country. Biden explained that although “family members of embassy staff have left Ukraine, the US mission in Kyiv remains open and fully operational.”
According to the White House, the leaders discussed joint diplomatic efforts for European security, and President Biden expressed “US support for efforts to resolve the conflict in the Normandy format.” The statement said that the US President expressed his hope that the commitment of the parties on January 26 under the terms of the ceasefire in July 2020 will help ease tensions and advance the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Negotiations were held in the Normandy format for a negotiated peaceful settlement of the Donetsk Basin crisis. The so-called Normandy Four – Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France – signed the Minsk Accords in February 2015, but full implementation is still pending.
Volodymyr Zelensky “We discussed recent diplomatic efforts to de-escalate and agreed on joint steps for the future,” he said following the conversation, in a short post on Twitter. The President of Ukraine thanked Biden for his military assistance and also spoke about the possibilities of financial support for Ukraine, MTI wrote.
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