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Biden tells Ukraine that U.S. will 'respond decisively' if Russia further invades

World Jan 02, 2022 08:06PM ET
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By Jarrett Renshaw

WILMINGTON/, De. (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday told Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy the United States and its allies will "respond decisively" if Russia further invades Ukraine, the White House said in a statement.

The call came days after Biden held a second conversation https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/biden-speak-with-ukraine-president-sunday-white-house-2021-12-31 in a month with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid tensions on Russia's border with Ukraine, where Russia has massed some 100,000 troops.

"President Biden made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine," White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement following 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 (NYSE:TWTR) that they discussed joint actions on keeping peace in Europe and preventing further escalation.

"The first international talk of the year with @POTUS proves the special nature of our relations," Zelenskiy tweeted. He said the joint actions of Ukraine, the United States "and partners in keeping peace in Europe, preventing further escalation, reforms, deoligarchization were discussed. We appreciate the unwavering support of Ukraine."

Representatives from U.S. and Russia are set to hold talks on Jan. 9-10 in Geneva, followed by Russia-NATO Council talks and a meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Biden has said he told Putin it was important for the Russians to take steps toward easing the crisis before those meetings.

Putin’s foreign affairs adviser told reporters last week that Putin warned Biden that pursuit of sanctions "could lead to a complete rupture of relations between out countries and Russia-West relations will be severely damaged."

Kremlin officials have stressed they want guarantees that any future expansion of NATO must exclude Ukraine and other former Soviet countries. The Russians have demanded that the military alliance remove offensive weaponry from countries in the region.

Biden expressed support for diplomatic measures to ease tensions while also reaffirming "the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity," the White House said.

Biden tells Ukraine that U.S. will 'respond decisively' if Russia further invades
 

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Roger Miller
Roger Miller Jan 02, 2022 9:12PM ET
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If it’s anything like the retaliation he and his fellow Dems threatened a year ago for the hacks…I’m sure Putin’s not worried at all.
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam Jan 02, 2022 7:28PM ET
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Putin will occupy a small part of Ukraine and wait for US action, then Putin will occupy another small part of Ukraine and wait for US action, ... Putin occupies 50 percent of Ukraine and wait for US action ...
Ethel Basset
Ethel Basset Jan 02, 2022 7:18PM ET
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LOL!
Bill Pulak
Bill Pulak Jan 02, 2022 7:07PM ET
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Putin and Xi smell weakness in leadership and will take full advantage of a window of opportunity with a pathetic failure of leadership in U.S….but hey we dont have mean tweets? Great trade off people 🤦‍♂️
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jan 02, 2022 7:03PM ET
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Putin is laughing at Biden. Russia has nukes n Russian r some crazy, dare devil mf. They r not scared of anyone talking tough.
Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Jan 02, 2022 6:34PM ET
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Typical distraction from real issues facing US, master of puppets.
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Jan 02, 2022 6:33PM ET
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Maybe nato and the USA can get all their military stuff out of Ukraine and stop provoking Russia. We have had peace in the eu for quit some time and we will like to keep it that way.
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Jan 02, 2022 6:33PM ET
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We know this game allready by the way. The USA rattles up tension and the eu buys USA weapons. So stupid. Hope we don’t this time
Ricky Singh
Ricky Singh Jan 02, 2022 6:07PM ET
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Nothing will happen !Russians wont enter Ukraine as it will ignite something bigger down the line and countries will start to pick sides causing a big war … thats the only posisbility if this thing heats up !
Jsh Jsh
Jsh Jsh Jan 02, 2022 6:00PM ET
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Russia will go in and US cannot open fire due to Ukraine is not NATO country.So this is just US talk.
Roger Miller
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Great way to distract from all their other failures, especially after giving up on COVID.
 
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