Biden speaks to President of Ukraine: reiterates commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty

President of the United States, Joe Biden, spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, and reaffirmed his country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The United States has increased international pressure on Russia to stop attacking Ukraine.

The White House said in a statement that “President Joe Biden spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky today.” President Biden reaffirmed that if Russia invades Ukraine, the US, along with its allies and partners, will respond forcefully.

The two leaders discussed coordinated diplomatic efforts on European security, according to the White House, and emphasised the principle of “nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine.”

Biden expressed America’s support for conflict resolution efforts in the ‘Normandy’ format during the phone conversation, according to the statement, and expressed hope that the sides’ commitments on the terms of the July 2020 ceasefire on January 26 will reduce tensions. to reduce and further the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

The US has seen preparedness on the border, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, and an attack could happen at any time. “Our position on this has not changed,” he said.

Previously, the US and NATO had sent separate responses to Russia on the issue.

These responses, according to a senior foreign ministry official, present a real opportunity for security reform in the Euro-Atlantic region if Russia chooses diplomacy over conflict or violence.

“The same issues that Russia raised have long concerned us and our NATO allies and partners,” Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs, said at a press conference. For a long time, we’ve been seriously discussing these issues, including intermediate and short-range nuclear weapons that could be used against our allies’ territory. More transparency and risk mitigation measures, as well as updated and reciprocal rules of the road for military exercises, are required.”

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