Joe Biden: US will respond ‘decisively’ if Russia invades Ukraine

US president Joe Biden spoke with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin from his home in Wilmington, Delaware

© APA | US president Joe Biden spoke with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin from his home in Wilmington, Delaware

# 31 December 2021 06:05 (UTC +04:00)

The US and its allies are prepared to respond “decisively” should Russia invade Ukraine, President Joe Biden told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday amid mounting tensions at the border, APA reports citing CNN.

US President Joe Biden urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to de-escalate tensions with Ukraine in a phone call Thursday, according to the White House.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki issued a statement regarding the second call this month between the two leaders, which lasted 50 minutes.- US president backs diplomacy in tensions surrounding Russia and Ukraine

Biden "made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine," said Psaki.

"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.

"President Biden reiterated that substantive progress in these dialogues can occur only in an environment of de-escalation rather than escalation," she added.

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