President Biden has said that the U.S. would respond “decisively” if the nation of Russia “further invades Ukraine,” as said by the White House Media Secretary Jen Psaki.
This announcement comes after Biden’s expected meeting with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
“President Biden spoke today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy from Ukraine. Biden made clear that the U.S. and its partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades the country of Ukraine,” Psaki said in her 130-word comment. “The leaders showed support for diplomatic efforts, beginning next week with the Strategic bilateral Dialogue, and at NATO with the NATO-Russia Council, and for the Organization for Cooperation and security in Europe.”
“President Biden stressed the commitment of the U.S. and its partners to the idea of ‘nothing about you without you,’” the press secretary said. “He reassured the U.S. commitment to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. He also showed support for confidence-building steps to de-escalate the tensions and diplomacy to push forward the Minsk Agreements, to support the Normandy Format.”
Earlier in Dec., it was reported that a bipartisan United States congressional delegation would visit Ukraine as tensions about a possible Russian military invasion against the nation increased.
Just one day before, the G7 nations released a comment opposing any possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, warning of “severe price” if any attack should happen.
The comment from the G7 countries included the foreign ministers of France, Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, along with the top Representative of the EU. The nations said they “were united in our condemnation of Russia’s current military build-up and aggressive stance towards Ukraine.”
The comment also asked for Russia to de-escalate these actions.
“We ask for Russia to de-escalate, push for diplomatic channels, and go along with its international commitments for transparency of military activities as President Joe Biden did during his call with Putin on December 7,” the leaders said.
“We reissue our support for Germany and France in the Normandy Format to get full implementation of the current Minsk Agreements to resolve the issue in eastern Ukraine,” the comment added.
Author: Scott Dowdy