Saturday, January 01, 2022
Telephone call about Russian soldiers
Biden wants to assure Selenskies’ support
Russia has been gathering troops along the Ukrainian border for weeks. Kremlin chief Putin warned Joe Biden of a phone attack. Now the US President is talking to the head of state of Ukraine and has given him advance assurances of support “for the territorial integrity” of the country.
US President Joe Biden is expected to speak to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selensky this Sunday about the deployment of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border. In the phone call, Biden will “reaffirm US support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Washington said. The US government will also prepare for “upcoming diplomatic efforts” for de-escalation.
Biden has already spoken to Russian President Putin on Thursday about the deployment of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border. The West fears that Moscow may attack the neighboring country. The Kremlin has denied any plans to attack, rejected criticism of military movements and, for its part, accused Ukraine and NATO of “provocation”.
It is said in the conversation that the US had threatened the Russian head of state with harsh sanctions. According to the White House, Biden told Putin that the United States and its allies would respond “firmly” in the event of an invasion. Russia should reduce tensions with Ukraine.
Personal Meetings in January
Biden also wants to talk to Zelensky about other planned talks between Moscow and Washington, which should help defuse the Ukraine conflict. Feather Twitter The Ukrainian president wrote that the aim was to agree on common positions “for peace in Ukraine and security in Europe”.
Russian and American diplomats are scheduled to meet in Geneva on January 9 and 10. Western defense alliance NATO is also planning a meeting with the Russian side on January 12. The next day, the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) meeting in Europe is to be held.
The US has been accusing Russia of massive deployment of troops along the border with Ukraine for weeks. It is feared that Russian troops may invade the former Soviet republic. Moscow denies such plans. In 2014 Russia annexed the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. It also supports separatists loyal to the Kremlin in eastern Ukraine.
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