"President Biden made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine. The leaders expressed support for diplomatic efforts, starting next week with the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue, at NATO through the NATO-Russia Council, and at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe," Psaki said.
President Biden underscored the commitment of the United States and its allies and partners to the principle of “nothing about you without you.” He reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Biden also expressed support for confidence-building measures to de-escalate tensions in Donbas and active diplomacy to advance the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, in support of the Normandy Format.
The day before, on December 30, at 10:35 pm Kyiv time, the Presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, had a telephone conversation. The conversation lasted 50 minutes. During a telephone conversation, Joe Biden called on Russian leader Vladimir Putin to de-escalate the situation around Ukraine and threatened Russia with consequences in the event of an invasion of Ukraine.