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Biden and Ukrainian President Zelenskyy speak amid Russia’s military buildup

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Biden and Ukrainian President Zelenskyy speak amid Russia’s military buildup

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President Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday afternoon as Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine exacerbates tensions In the region.

A reading of the White House appeal said Mr Biden “reaffirmed the willingness of the United States and its allies and partners to respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine.” The call comes a day after the The United States responded Russia’s demands, suggesting some room for improvement on things like arms control in Europe, but standing firm on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“President Biden has made it clear that despite the departure of U.S. family members of embassy staff, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv remains open and fully operational,” read the appeal to the statement. White House. “Leaders discussed coordinated diplomatic efforts on European security, stressing the principle of ‘nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine’.”

Mr. Biden later tweeted tough talks, continuing Washington’s tough stance, saying the United States would “respond decisively — along with our allies and partners — should Russia further invade Ukraine.”

Zelenskyy tweeted that he had a ‘long phone conversation’ with Mr Biden, during which they ‘discussed recent diplomatic efforts on de-escalation and agreed on joint actions moving forward’ .

Biden and Ukrainian President Zelenskyy speak amid Russia’s military buildup

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President Biden gestures during his meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the Oval Office of the White House on September 1, 2021.

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“Thanked the President @JoeBiden for ongoing military assistance. Possibilities of financial support for Ukraine were also discussed,” Zelenskyy said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought a commitment that NATO would exclude Ukraine or its neighbors from admitting membership in the alliance, while withdrawing forces from Russia’s borders. Russia asked for time to review the US response to its requests.

“Well, I think as you’ve heard from our secretary of state and our national security adviser and others, we don’t know if the Russians are playing diplomatic games, we hope not” , White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.

As of Thursday, 8,500 US troops remain on heightened alert, should the North Atlantic Treaty Organization determine they are needed.



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