Biden tells Ukraine that US will ‘respond decisively’ if Russia further invades

White House says Biden expressed support for diplomatic efforts including planned US-Russia talks set for January 9 and 10



Joe Biden. — AFP
Joe Biden. — AFP

By Agencies

Published: Mon 3 Jan 2022, 2:35 AM

Last updated: Mon 3 Jan 2022, 2:37 AM

US President Joe Biden on Sunday told Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy the United States and its allies will “respond decisively” if Russia further invades Ukraine, the White House said in a statement.

The call came days after Biden held a second conversation in a month with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid tensions on Russia’s border with Ukraine, where Russia has massed some 100,000 troops.

In a readout of the Biden-Zelensky call, White House press secretary Jen Psaki also said the US leader expressed support for diplomatic efforts including planned talks between high-level US and Russian officials set for January 9 and 10 in Geneva.

“President Biden made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine,” Psaki said in a statement.

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Biden also “reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” she said.

The show of US support for Ukraine comes days after Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of severe consequences if Moscow invades the former Soviet country.

Washington and its European allies accuse Russia of threatening Ukraine with a new invasion.

Some 100,000 Russian troops are massed near the border of the country, where Putin already seized the Crimea region in 2014 and is accused of fomenting a pro-Russian separatist war which erupted that same year in the east.

Moscow describes the troop presence as protection against the expansion of NATO, although Ukraine has not been offered membership in the military alliance.


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