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Biden to offer Putin a ‘diplomatic channel’ on Ukraine

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Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin to speak on the phone Thursday to discuss various topics, including upcoming diplomatic contacts with Russia, a White House spokeswoman for security issues said on Wednesday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov then confirmed the exchange would take place, adding that it would take place late in the evening on Moscow time.

Joe Biden, who will meet with Vladimir Putin from his home base in Delaware, will be willing to borrow a diplomatic channel, but the United States, which remains deeply worried of the presence of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, will also prepared to answer in the event of an invasion, according to a White House official.

Washington would like to see troops return to their usual training areas, said this source.

Several subjects on the table in Geneva

This call will come two weeks before negotiations between the two countries scheduled for January 10 in Geneva on nuclear arms control treaties and the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, where the West accuse Moscow of massing troops in order to ‘a possible attack.

Joe Biden continues to consult its allies and partners on this subject, said the spokesperson of the National Security Council, Emily Horne.

Volodymyr Zelensky and Jens Stoltenberg.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was in Brussels earlier this month to participate in a bilateral meeting with representatives of the European Union. He is seen here with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Photo: Getty Images / JOHN THYS

Ahead of Thursday’s appeal, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday.

The head of American diplomacy reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s military build-up, indicated his spokesperson Ned Price.

MM. Blinken and Zelensky discussed efforts to peacefully resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine and forthcoming diplomatic contacts with Russia, he added.

Also mentioning the diplomatic efforts to achieve peace, Volodymyr Zelensky pointed out in a tweet that he had received the assurance of a full American support for counter a russian attack.

Strong tensions

This is the second telephone interview between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin in less than a month. In early December, the US president threatened his counterpart with sanctions like he’s never seen in the event of an attack on Ukraine.

Moscow, which says it is only acting in response to what it describes as Western hostility, recently presented two draft treaties aimed at preventing any NATO expansion, including Ukraine, and ending the Western military activities near Russian borders.

A sign that the discussions on January 10 will be bitter, the head of Russian diplomacy Sergey Lavrov has already ruled out any concession. The United States had previously warned that some Russian requests were unacceptable.

These bilateral talks are expected to be followed on January 12 by a meeting between Russia and NATO, followed on January 13 by a meeting between Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), of which is a member. the United States, a US spokesperson said on Monday.

In reaction to a pro-Western revolution, Russia already annexed in 2014 part of Ukrainian territory, the Crimean peninsula, a maneuver which had already provoked sanctions against it.

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