The American President made it clear that Ukraine will have the US’s support if it would come to any military escalation in Eastern Ukraine.
Russia is mobilizing near the Ukrainian border in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, and it is spreading fear that the war might break out again. The President of United States Joe Biden called Vladimir Putin yesterday, where he made it clear that he will stand behind Ukraine and its right to defend its territory, reads a statement from the White House.
“They discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the intent of the United States and Russia to pursue a strategic stability dialogue on a range of arms control and emerging security issues, building on the extension of the New START Treaty,” it reads.
“The President voiced our concerns over the sudden Russian military build-up in occupied Crimea and on Ukraine’s borders and called on Russia to de-escalate tensions,” the press service wrote.
Kremlin readout of Biden-Putin calI doesn’t mention Biden’s messages on cyber intrusions, elex interference. Nor does it mention Biden’s warning about Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine. Putin calls war “internal Ukrainian crisis” and reiterates Minsk. https://t.co/vVqPXMG147
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Biden calls for a meeting
The statement also says that Biden has suggested that Russia and the United States will have a meeting in the coming months to discuss “the full range of issues facing the United States and Russia,” writes Unian. According to the Russian press agency Tass, Vladimir Putin made suggestions to Biden about keeping peace in Ukraine.
“When exchanging opinions on the domestic Ukrainian crisis, Vladimir Putin outlined approaches to political settlement rooted in the Minsk Package of Measures,” the statement reads. At the same time, it is unclear what that means exactly.
The war in Ukraine broke out in 2014 after the Maidan Revolution, when Russia annexed Crimea and Russian-backed separatists tried to detach parts of Eastern Ukraine. More than 13,000 people have lost their lives in the war since then, according to the UN.
Ukraine, Russia, and the two separatist regions agreed to a ceasefire in July 2020, and fighting near the frontline decreased dramatically since then. However, the number of ceasefire violations has increased in recent months, and military buildup by Russia near the Ukrainian border has made people afraid of more fighting.
Ukrainian foreign minister met with NATO
Tuesday, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Blinken offered Ukraine full support in the ongoing crisis.
“The U.S. stands firmly behind the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” said Blinken and said that he will discuss the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO in the future.
Kuleba also earlier met with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who also made it clear that NATO will support Ukraine against “very provocative actions” by Russia.
“In recent weeks Russia has moved thousands of combat-ready troops to Ukraine’s borders, the largest massing of Russian troops since the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014,” Stoltenberg said, according to Reuters, “Russia must end this military build-up in and around Ukraine, stop its provocations and de-escalate immediately.”
Russia on the other hand says that they are responding to NATO provocations.