U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday he is developing comprehensive initiatives to make it difficult for Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine, as the two leaders prepared for talks, APA reports quoting Reuters.
A call between the two is anticipated in days as officials fear a simmering conflict in eastern Ukraine could erupt into open war.
Ukraine's defense minister Oleksii Reznikov, mention intelligence reports, warned earlier on Friday that Russia has placed more than 94,000 troops near Ukraine's borders and may be gearing up for a large-scale military offensive at the end of January.
"What I am doing is putting together what I believe to be the most comprehensive and meaningful set of initiatives to make it very, very difficult for Mr. Putin to go ahead and do what people are worried he's going to do," Biden said. without going into detail.