Biden to speak with Ukraine President Zelenskyy as Putin’s military looms on Russia-Ukraine border

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  • President Joe Biden plans to speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday to express support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, a White House official said as Russian military forces piled up near its border. is, a White House official said.
  • The official said Biden also intends on the call to review plans for diplomatic steps “to help defuse the situation in the region.”
  • Biden this week urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to de-escalate tensions with Ukraine and warned that the US was ready to give a “decisive answer” if Russia strikes.

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President Joe Biden plans to speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday to express support for Ukraine’s sovereignty Russian military forces A White House official said on Friday that near the common border of the countries.

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The official said Biden also intends on the call to review plans for diplomatic steps “to help defuse the situation in the region.” US and Russian officials will hold security talks on January 10 to discuss Russia-Ukraine tensions and other issues.

On Thursday, Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to defuse those tensions in a 50-minute phone call. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she warned the US was ready to give a decisive response if Russia attacks Ukraine further.

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A Kremlin aide reportedly said after the talks that Putin “detailed the basic principles set out by Russia in the security proposals and emphasized that we will try to ensure Russia’s security.”

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Ukraine has for months warned of thousands of troops gathering along its eastern border with Russia. Putin has previously insisted that Moscow was not preparing for an attack, despite its military deployment. Meanwhile, pro-Russian separatists pushed into the regions of eastern Ukraine,

But Putin has also opposed the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO, a 30-nation intercontinental military alliance where an attack on one member is considered an attack on all. Ukraine has been attempting to join NATO for years.

At the end of November, Putin suggests Russia will retaliate If Western governments supplied Ukraine with some weapons systems. He has described the expansion of NATO’s military power to other Eastern European countries as a threat.

Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Putin has argued that Ukraine essentially a part of Russia,

Biden held separate calls with both Putin and Zelensky earlier in December. Biden and Zelensky met face-to-face at the White House in September.

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