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Further sanctions would be a colossal mistake, Putin called Biden. Warnings fell on both sides – Startitup


Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to his US counterpart Joe Biden on Thursday about a diplomatic solution to tensions between Moscow and the West over Ukraine. The AFP news agency informs about it.

The phone call requested by the Russian side lasted 50 minutes. This was the second telephone conversation between the Kremlin and the White House in three weeks, reflecting intense efforts to resolve the escalating stalemate on the edge of Eastern Europe.

Both parties said before the talks they were ready to listen. According to his foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov, Putin was interviewed overall “Satisfied“However, he warned the American leader against imposing severe sanctions.

The US will react decisively if Russia continues to attack Ukraine

“It would be a colossal mistake. We hope that does not happen. “ Ushakov told reporters, adding that Moscow needed concrete “the results” from the forthcoming security negotiations in the form of security for Russia.

Biden, on the other hand, warned Putin that if Russia invaded Ukraine, Moscow must expect a strong US response. The White House chief further stressed the need “De-escalation” tensions so that diplomatic efforts can take shape.

Biden during a telephone conversation with a Russian leader “He made it clear that the United States, its allies and partners would react decisively if Russia continued to attack Ukraine.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Russia announced in December a comprehensive set of demands, including guarantees that the North Atlantic Alliance would not expand further east, and a ban on new US military bases in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

“Negotiations should not turn into empty words,” Ushakov told reporters. Although he did not give a precise time frame, he announced that the Kremlin would assess the situation after several rounds of negotiations, which will begin in January in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna. “Only then will we draw conclusions.” added a foreign policy adviser.

The United States continues to provide defense security assistance to Ukraine

Washington and its European allies are accusing Russia of threatening Ukraine’s sovereignty with a new invasion – some 100,000 Russian troops have gathered near its borders. Putin, who annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, is also accused of supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Moscow describes the presence of its forces at Ukraine’s borders as protection against NATO enlargement, although Ukraine has not yet been offered membership in the military alliance.

“President Biden explained that the US continues to provide defense security assistance to Ukraine and does not introduce offensive weapons. It was not a new commitment. “ an unnamed senior US official told AFP after Biden’s phone call.

source: SITA / AP, Denis Balibouse

“Biden has set two paths – one is diplomatic, the other is more deterrent,” he added.

At the January talks, Russian officials will sit at the table alone with negotiators representing the United States, the North Atlantic Alliance and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), of which the United States is a member.

The Russian delegation will be led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov, and the US delegation will be led by Deputy Foreign Minister Wendy Sherman.

Source: TASR



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