Biden expressed “deep concern” to Putin about Ukraine, the White House said


Washington – President Biden told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the US and its European allies have “deep concerns” about Russia’s troop buildup near Ukraine and warned Russian leaders that the US will take “strong economic and other measures in the event of a military escalation.” “Would take.”

The two leaders made a two-hour video call Tuesday after US intelligence agencies passed one possible Russian invasion of Ukraine already in January.

“President Biden has expressed the deep concern of the United States and our European allies about Russia’s escalation of forces over Ukraine and made it clear that if military escalation were to occur, the US and our allies would respond with strong economic and other measures,” it said White House summary of the call said. “President Biden reiterated his support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and called for de-escalation and a return to diplomacy.”

The statement said the two leaders had instructed their teams “to follow up, and the US will do so in close coordination with allies and partners”. Mr Biden and Putin also discussed “the US-Russia dialogue on strategic stability, a separate dialogue on ransomware, and joint work on regional issues such as Iran”.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan is expected to brief reporters on details of the call in Tuesday’s news conference.

Tens of thousands of Russian troops have been on the Ukraine Border, months after thousands of troops mounted on the border in spring. But unlike the rearmament last spring, which was viewed as a show of force, US intelligence services are warning that they could prepare an actual advance into the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine.

After the virtual meeting between the two leaders began, Russian state television showed recordings of Putin’s greeting from Mr Biden. “Nice to see you again,” said Mr. Biden. “We didn’t see each other at the G20. I hope we’ll meet in person next time.”

The White House posted a photo of Mr. Biden in the Situation Room, where he was joined by Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and two other aides.

President Biden speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin from the White House on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

The White House

In a call to reporters on Monday, a senior administration official failed to go into details of what Mr Biden was planning to tell Putin about what the US military will or will not do in the event of an incursion. The official said that in the event of a Russian military invasion, the US would reassure allies.

“I don’t want to use a public call to the press to discuss the particular delicate challenges that President Biden will pose for President Putin, but I would say that the United States is not trying to land in a circumstance where our countermeasures are the focus The direct use of American military force is as opposed to a combination of support for the Ukrainian military, strong economic countermeasures and a significant increase in the support and ability of our NATO allies to ensure they stay safe, “the official said.

Russia denies any rearmament and accuses Ukraine of building its own troops BBC News.

Mr Biden planned to speak with key European allies later Monday and, after his phone call with Putin, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, the senior administration official said.

Mr Biden said Friday that he has “been aware of Russia’s actions for a long time”. Putin said last week that he has new “red lines” – Washington and its allies are not allowed to deploy missiles in Ukraine that could hit Moscow. He also vehemently rejects Ukraine’s bid for NATO membership and calls for guarantees that the transatlantic military alliance will not shift its geopolitical borders further east onto Russian soil.

Mr Biden said Friday that he “doesn’t accept anyone’s red lines”.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated Mr Biden’s earlier remarks last Friday that he is putting together a “comprehensive and meaningful set of initiatives” for European leaders. She said the US was considering “a number of options”.

“We know what President Putin has done in the past, we see that he will provide the capacity to act in a short space of time, and should he decide to invade, we therefore want to be prepared and in an area where we have serious concerns uttered, “said Psaki. “So what he means by a group of packages is that we have a number of tools at our disposal. Of course, economic sanctions are an option.”

A possible Russian invasion of Ukraine could contain up to 175,000 soldiersa US official confirmed to CBS News last week. The plans envisage a large-scale movement of 100 tactical battalion groups with an estimated 175,000 men, as well as armaments, artillery and equipment, according to an administrative official.

Around 70,000 Russian soldiers are currently deployed against Ukraine, but they lack the support units necessary for an invasion. This support would come from reservists.

Blinken said on Friday that Putin’s actions at the border were “very, very worrying”, not only for the US but also for European leaders. Blinken said there would be “serious economic consequences” if Putin invades Ukraine.

“Well, we don’t know President Putin’s intentions,” said Blinken. “We don’t know if he decided to aggressively attack Ukraine again.”

In 2014 Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and gathered troops along the border. Blinking said last month “Our concern is that Russia could make the grave mistake of invading sovereign Ukrainian territory, which it did in 2014 when it rallied troops along the border, and did so by falsely claiming it was provoked to reopen repeat.”

Olivia Gazis and David Martin contributed to this report.


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