Biden vows U.S. will act decisively if Russia invades Ukraine

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Wilmington, Del. – President Joe Biden honored this with the leader of Ukraine on Sunday Russian army buildup near its border with Ukraine, promising that the US and allies would act “decisive” if Russia invades Ukraine further.

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The call from Biden and President Volodymyr Zelensky came as the US and Western allies prepared for a series of diplomatic meetings to try to defuse a crisis that Moscow may have said. Cut ties with Washington.

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“President Biden made it clear that the United States and its allies and allies will respond decisively if Russia attacks Ukraine further,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement after the call.

Psaki said Biden underscored his commitment to the principle of “nothing about you without you,” Tenant said, adding that it would not negotiate policy that affects Europe without the input of his allies.

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Biden has spoken of sanctions affecting the economy if Russia’s advance into Ukraine’s territory, but he said last month that US military action is not on the table.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine and other former Soviet countries be excluded from any further expansion of NATO. The Russians have also demanded that the military alliance remove offensive weapons from countries in the region.

The White House has dismissed Russia’s demands on NATO as a non-start. A key tenet of the NATO alliance is that membership is open to any eligible country. And no outsider has membership veto power. While there is little chance that Ukraine will be invited to the coalition anytime soon, the US and its allies will not rule it out.

Zelensky said in a Twitter posting after Sunday’s call that “peace in Europe, deterrence, reforms, outlawing were discussed.”

“We appreciate the unwavering support,” Zelensky said.

The United States has made little progress in efforts to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to de-escalate tensions. Senior US and Russian officials are due to meet in Geneva on January 9-10 to discuss the situation. Those talks are to be followed by meetings at the NATO-Russia Council and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Biden spoke to Putin on Thursday for about an hour. He told reporters the next day that he had warned Putin that his economy would pay a “heavy price” if Russia, which has mobilized nearly 100,000 troops along the border, took more steps against Ukraine.

“I’m not going to talk publicly here, but we’ve made it clear that he can’t — I stress it — can’t go to Ukraine,” Biden said on Friday.

Biden said he told Putin that it was important for the Russians to take steps toward de-escalating the crisis before those meetings. Putin’s foreign affairs adviser described the presidents’ talks last week, saying Biden’s pursuit of sanctions “could completely break ties between outside countries and seriously damage Russia-West relations.” “

US intelligence The findings suggest that Russia has prepared for a possible attack in early 2022. But White House officials say it is unclear whether Putin has decided to proceed with military action.

Still, Biden said he looks forward to the upcoming talks. White House officials say they will consult closely with Western allies

“I always hope that if you negotiate you make progress, but we will see,” he said on Friday. “we will see.”

Past military incursions by Putin loom large as Biden weighs his next steps.

In 2014, Russian troops marched into Crimea’s Black Sea peninsula and seized territory from Ukraine. Russia’s annexation of Crimea was one of the darkest moments for President Barack Obama on the international stage.

After Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili ordered his troops into the breakaway region of South Ossetia, President George W. US-Russia relations were badly damaged near the end of the Bush administration.

Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday he feared Putin was intent on attacking Ukraine and that “Russia has seen nothing but sanctions it has never seen.”

“Russia needs to understand that we are united in this,” Schiff told “Face the Nation” on CBS. “I also think a powerful deterrent is the understanding that if they do invade, it will bring (NATO) closer to Russia, not push it further away.

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