The gesture of US support for Ukraine follows a few several days after Vice President Joe Biden advised Russian President Vladimir Putin of severe consequences should Moscow attacks this ex-Soviet country.
In his most direct words yet, Biden said Friday, “I’m not going to negotiate here in public, but we made it clear he cannot — I’ll emphasize, cannot — invade Ukraine.”
The US president added in remarks to journalists during a stay for the holidays in Delaware in the Delaware area, that he “made it clear to President Putin that we will have severe sanctions, we will increase our presence in Europe, with Nato allies” should Russia decides to invade Ukraine.
The White House said that in the conversation on Sunday to Zelensky, Biden will “reaffirm US support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, discuss Russia’s military build-up on Ukraine’s borders, and review preparations for upcoming diplomatic engagements to help de-escalate the situation in the region”.
Zelensky tweets: “Look forward to talking again with @POTUS this Sunday to coordinate our steps for the sake of peace in Ukraine and security in Europe.”
Washington as well as its European allies are accused by Washington and its European allies of Russia of threats to Ukraine by launching a new military incursion. Around 100,000 Russian troops are gathered near the borders of the country in the region which is where Putin has already taken over his territory in the Crimea Region in 2014 and was accused of inciting the pro-Russian separatist war that was fought that year in the eastern region.
Moscow describes the presence of troops as a means of defending from the spread of Nato even though Ukraine hasn’t been given the chance to join the alliance of military forces.
The top-ranking US, as well as Russian officials, are scheduled to meet on the 9th and 10th of January in Geneva to discuss the crisis.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke Friday with Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg. Afterward, Blinken encouraged Russia to “engage meaningfully” in the forthcoming talks regarding the tension-filled dispute in the region between Moscow as well as Kyiv.
Stoltenberg declared she believed that Nato had been “united” and “prepared for dialogue”.
On Thursday’s phone call, Biden warned Putin against the possibility of invading Ukraine as well as Biden urged Putin to avoid invading Ukraine. Kremlin chief said sanctions against Moscow could be a “colossal mistake”. After a lengthy phone conversation which was their second in less than three weeks, the two presidents expressed their they were in favor of further diplomatic efforts.
Putin said he was “pleased” overall with the talks, his foreign policy advisor Yury Ushakov said to reporters.
An official from the senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity said that the manner of speaking “was serious and substantive”. However, there was no denying the extent of disagreement with the potentially large stakes at the edges of Eastern Europe.