The president of United States, Joe Biden, told his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday that Washington and its allies “will respond decisively” if Russia continues its invasion of Ukrainethe White House reported in a statement.
The call came days after Biden had his second conversation in a month with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, amid tensions on the Russian border with Ukraine, where Moscow has concentrated about 100,000 soldiers.
“President Biden made it clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia continues to invade Ukraine,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement after the call.
Biden and Zelenskiy discussed preparations for a series of upcoming diplomatic meetings to address the crisis, according to the White House.
Zelenskiy said on Twitter that they discussed joint actions to keep peace in Europe and prevent further escalation.
“The first international conversation of the year with @POTUS demonstrates the special nature of our relationships,” Zelenskiy tweeted.
As he stated, they discussed the joint actions of Ukraine, the United States “and partners in maintaining peace in Europe, preventing further escalation, reforms, de-oligarchy. We appreciate Ukraine’s unwavering support.”
Representatives of the United States and Russia are scheduled to meet on January 9 and 10 in Geneva. Then there will be talks in the framework of the Russia-NATO Council and a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.