On Sunday, January 2nd, President Biden communicated with Ukraine’s leader over the threat of Russian troops near its border. Biden promised that the US and allies would act “decisively” if Russia invades Ukraine.
The call happened as the US and Western allies prepared for diplomatic meetings to de-escalate tension with Moscow that could rupture their ties with Washington.
Following the call, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement, “President Biden made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine.”
Biden has mentioned forewarning Russia with sanctions that would disrupt their economy if they decide to move on Ukraine’s territory. In addition, Biden said that US military action is not on the table.
Russia has demanded that Ukraine and other former Soviet countries be excluded from any expansion of NATO. They also want the military alliance to remove offensive weaponry from these countries.
However, membership of the NATO alliance is open to any qualifying country. Even though there is a slight possibility that Ukraine would be invited into the alliance, the US and allies will not rule it out.
After Sunday’s call, Zelenskyy posted on Twitter that “keeping peace in Europe, preventing further escalation, reforms, deoligarchization were discussed.”
“We appreciate the unwavering support,” Zelenskyy added.
On Thursday, Biden spoke with Putin for nearly an hour. Biden reported that he warned Putin that his economy would pay a “heavy price” if Russia moved against Ukraine.
“I’m not going to negotiate here in public, but we made it clear that he cannot — I emphasize cannot — move on Ukraine,” Biden said.
Supporting Veterans In The New Year
If you or anyone you know served in the military, you may need help obtaining a fair disability rating and compensation. Contact Veteran Ratings. Veteran Ratings has a 95% chance of success in acquiring the rating and benefits you deserve.
Have a question? On the fence? Then contact us for more information. We are here for you — we proudly serve those who served. Veterans are our only priority because they made this the land of the free through their bravery and sacrifice.