Biden urges Putin to stand down in Ukraine, promises consequences in case of attack

Source : 112 Ukraine

The two leaders had a phone conversation on December 30
08:05, 31 December 2021

Biden and Putin

President of the U.S. Joe Biden called on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to choose de-escalation of the situation around Ukraine's borders and threatened that the invasion of Ukraine would have consequences for Russia. The American leader said so during his phone conversation with Putin on December 30, reports press office of the White House.

"President Biden urged Russia to de-escalate tensions with Ukraine. He made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine. President Biden also expressed support for diplomacy, starting early next year with the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue, at NATO through the NATO-Russia Council, and at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe".

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The White House added Biden's remark that "substantive progress in these dialogues can occur only in an environment of de-escalation rather than escalation".

The conversation of the two presidents took place in the evening of December 30. It took 50 minutes. It is reported that the initiative to talk came from Vladimir Putin.

Related: For full-scale invasion, Russia needs five times more troops than are now near Ukraine's borders, - Defense Council


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