President of the United States, Joe Biden, He warned his Russian ally on Thursday. Vladimir Putin, That The United States will respond “firmly” if Russia invades Ukraine, while the Russian leader responds that imposing sanctions on Moscow is a “grave mistake.”, AFP reports.
Then A 50 minute phone call, The second in just three weeks, the two presidents praised the diplomatic path to the exit Crisis created by the threat of Russian invasion After the troops were heavily concentrated on the border.
But still Any diplomatic progress goes through “elevation.” UkraineWarned the US president.
Biden “clarified To us If Russia invades Ukraine further, its allies and partners will respond decisivelyIn 2014, Moscow annexed its Crimean peninsula.
Putin generally “satisfied” with the conversationForeign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters. A senior U.S. official, who did not want to be named, declared the tone “serious and substantial.”
Sekun Ushakov Putin warned Pita that a positive “decision” was needed Moscow In the upcoming security talks scheduled for January 10th.
Biden, for his part, He announced that he was talking on the phone with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Zhelensky After a conversation with the Russian president on Sunday.
Sunday, Biden called on the Ukrainian president to reiterate US support for Ukraine’s independence and regional unity.An official from the presidency confirmed.
Biden “will talk about the deployment of the Russian army on the borders of Ukraine It will review preparations for the next diplomatic meetings aimed at easing tensions in the region, ”he added.
When, Zhelensky said on Twitter that he was impatient to meet the US president. “Mechanisms for coordinating our efforts for peace in Ukraine and security in Europe.”
This month, Russia has made a number of demands to resolve tensions in Ukraine, Includes guarantees that NATO will not expand further towards its borders and that Moscow will not build new US military bases in the countries of the former Soviet Union that it considers part of its influence.
As for Russia, its demands are merely to avoid escalating tensions Moscow views the support of the United States, NATO and the United States as a direct threat to its interests. European union To Ukraine, Whose government is pro-Western.
The United States has been accused of leading some international issues without much consultation with its allies. It insists on closer integration with Europeans and Ukrainians.
State Secretary, Anthony Blinken spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky on Wednesday, And with their counterparts in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Zhelensky said he had received a guarantee of “full US support.” “Resisting Russian Attack”.
Western nations have so far rejected one answer Military In the end little attention was paid to the threats of the Russian invasion and the Kremlin sanctions. According to Ushako, Biden warned that tough sanctions would be imposed on Moscow if the expansion continued.
Putin warned that these measures would lead to a “complete severance” of relations between Russia and the West.This consultant noted. “This is a big mistake, it can lead to serious consequences, very serious. We hope it does not happen,” he added.
Russia and its ruling elite are already the target of a number of economic retaliations from the West over the Ukrainian issue and repression in the country, but None of these measures changed the Kremlin’s attitudeRather the opposite.
Moscow denies threatening Ukraine And claims to be acting in response to Western hostility to Kiev, especially in its confrontation with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.
The latter, despite the denials of Russian leaders, They are suspected to be under the command of the Kremlin.
for now, January 10 talks Ukraine and strategic stability in Geneva have been declared tense. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has rejected any “concessions” from the outset, and the United States has already warned that some Russian demands are “unacceptable.”
The talks were chaired by US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and her Russian counterpart, Sergei Rybkov. It will be followed by a meeting between Russia and NATO on January 12 The next day within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe.