Biden made it clear that the United States and its allies would “retaliate decisively if Russia continues to occupy Ukraine,” the White House in Washington said after two presidents spoke by phone on Sunday. So Biden and Selenskiz also support diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions with Russia.
Zhelensky wants to bring Crimea back
Talks between the US and Russia are scheduled for next week – January 9 and 10 – in Geneva. After that, a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council is scheduled – the first in two and a half years. In addition, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will then negotiate.
Selenskyj announced on Twitter that he had discussed with Biden “joint efforts by Ukraine, the United States and its allies to maintain peace in Europe” and steps to reduce the intensity. Zhelensky said in his New Year’s speech that he did not just want to bring back Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014. Areas in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed separatists must also return, he said.
The United States fears a Russian invasion
The United States has been accusing Russia of building troops on the Ukrainian border for weeks. It is feared that Russian troops may invade the former Soviet republic. Russia denies such plans for an invasion and accuses Ukraine of deploying additional troops in the region.
According to the White House, Biden stressed that the United States is committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, the US government has threatened severe sanctions against its allies in Europe. In addition, in such a case, NATO’s presence in its eastern member states should be expanded. The United States will provide additional assistance to Ukraine, including the armed forces.
More than 13,000 people have died since 2014
In a telephone conversation with Putin on Thursday, Biden underlined in a conversation with Zelenskyj that the Minsk peace plan would work to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine. He also advocated the so-called Normandy form, as announced by the White House. Russia has repeatedly criticized Ukraine for repeatedly violating agreements made through international mediation.
In Normandy Four format, France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are trying to resolve the conflict that has been going on for almost eight years. The UN estimates that more than 13,000 people have been killed in the Donbass since 2014 in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.
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