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For his part, the Russian president said that new sanctions against Moscow would be
a colossal mistake.
After this 50-minute telephone conversation – the second in less than a month – the two men nevertheless praised the diplomatic route to get out of the crisis.
On Sunday, Mr Biden will reaffirm to the Ukrainian president
American support for the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, announced a White House official.
discuss Russian military deployment to Ukraine’s borders and review preparations for upcoming diplomatic meetings aimed at easing tension in the region, added this manager.
Volodymyr Zelensky said in a tweet he was impatient to chat with the US president
means of coordinating our actions in the interest of peace in Ukraine and security in Europe.
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In addition, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that he telephoned the Secretary General of the
participate seriously negotiations aimed at de-escalating tensions around Ukraine.
Kiev and its Western allies accuse Moscow of having massed tens of thousands of soldiers on the country’s borders in anticipation of a possible invasion.
ready for dialogueMr. Stoltenberg tweeted.
The United States and Russia are scheduled to hold talks on Ukraine January 10-11 in Geneva. Led by US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and her Russian counterpart Sergei Riabkov, they will be followed on January 12 by a Russia-NATO, then on January 13 of a meeting within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The United States, accused of leading certain international issues without too much regard for its allies, insists precisely on close coordination with the Europeans and the Ukrainians.
Russia, which already annexed part of the territory, Crimea, in 2014, is also widely regarded as the godfather of pro-Russian separatists in the conflict that has been tearing apart the east of the country for almost eight years.