After the phone conversation that Shortly after the conversation Ukrainian President Zelensky said he was happy. He said the call showed the “special nature” of the relationship between Ukraine and the United States.
Troops on the border
Zelensky said he and Biden discussed measures that Ukraine, the United States and its partners are taking “to preserve peace in Europe so that there is no further escalation.” He was referring to the relationship between Russia and the West, after Russia has now amassed about 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine.
Both Biden and Zelensky in the conversation indicated support for diplomatic efforts to resolve the situation. Next week, on January 10, a meeting between Biden and Putin is scheduled. In the same week, NATO and Russia will meet and consultations are planned between the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Russia.
For years, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe monitored a ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government army in Ukraine.
In the phone conversation Biden had with Putin last week, he also warned that an invasion of Ukraine would not be without consequences. Putin, in turn, warned that severe sanctions would lead to a split with the West.
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