The US President said that tangible progress in the negotiations is possible if the situation is de-escalated.
Biden phoned Putin / photo REUTERS
President of the United States of America Joe Biden called on President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to reduce the tension in relations with Ukraine and warned of his readiness to react decisively in the event of an invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine.
This is stated in a statement White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki following a telephone conversation between the Presidents of the United States and the Russian Federation.
“President Biden has urged Russia to reduce tensions with Ukraine. He has clearly stated that the United States and its allies and partners will react decisively if Russia invades Ukraine deeper,” the statement said.
In addition, the American leader expressed support for diplomacy – early next year from a bilateral strategic dialogue on stability, then with the participation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization within the NATO-Russia Council, as well as within the OSCE.
“President Biden reiterated that tangible progress in these dialogues can only occur in the context of de-escalation, not escalation,” the statement said.
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As UNIAN reported earlier, on December 7, negotiations between the presidents of the United States and the Russian Federation took place with the help of a closed video communication channel. During the conversation, Biden warned the Russian president about serious economic and other measures in the event of an increase in military activity on the border with Ukraine.
After the talks, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that Biden had refused to make concessions to Putin on the issue of Ukraine’s NATO membership prospects. Sullivan also said that the United States will provide additional defense assistance to Ukraine.
On December 9, a telephone conversation took place between Biden and Zelensky. As a result of the conversation, the White House said that Biden supported the principle “not to agree on any decisions and not to hold discussions about Ukraine without the participation of Ukraine itself.”
On December 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry published a draft treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States on “security guarantees” and a draft agreement on security measures for Russia and the NATO member states.
In particular, Russia proposes NATO to refuse to admit Ukraine to NATO, as well as “from conducting any military activity on the territory of Ukraine.” The Russian Federation also offers the United States not to create military bases on the territory of the countries of the former USSR and not to accept these countries into NATO.
US and Russian diplomats will hold security talks in Geneva on January 10 to discuss both countries’ military activities and rising tensions over Ukraine.
A meeting of the Russia-NATO Council is scheduled for January 12, and a multilateral meeting within the OSCE is to take place on January 13.