A White House official said on Friday that US President Joe Biden would speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday, a day after Biden spoke with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on easing tensions along the Ukraine-Russia border. Of.
Biden told reporters later on Friday that he reiterated to Putin that a move on Ukraine would increase sanctions and the US presence in Europe, where tensions are high between Russia’s military build-up on the border.
US and Russian leaders exchanged warnings on Ukraine on Thursday in a 50-minute call to address Russia’s military action.
“I have made it clear to President Putin that if he takes any further steps, if he goes to Ukraine, we will have serious sanctions. We will, along with our NATO allies, increase our presence in Europe, and will pay a heavy price for that. It would be,” Biden told reporters as he exited a Wilmington, Delaware, restaurant.
Biden says Putin agreed “three major conferences” with senior staff next month to help find a solution and said he expects progress from those talks. However, he added, “I made it clear that it can only work if it eases the tension.”
Asked whether Moscow faces sanctions on placing troops on the border, Biden said, “I’m not going to talk publicly here, but we made it clear that it won’t move on Ukraine.” Can – can’t insist.”
The Biden-Putin exchange set the stage for lower-level engagement between the countries, including a US-Russia security meeting on January 9-10, a Russia-NATO session on January 12, and a broader summit including Russia, the US. and on January 13 in other European countries.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday sought to lay the foundation for those talks in talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and others, the State Department said.
In conversations with the foreign ministers of Canada and Italy, Blinken discussed a joint response to deter Russian aggression against Ukraine.