Biden says US will respond if Russia invades Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has told his Ukrainian counterpart that the United States and its allies and partners will decisively respond if Russia further invades Ukraine.

Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke by phone on Sunday.

The development comes at a time when the US and European countries are on heightened alert. They say Russia’s military has amassed troops near its border with Ukraine.

The White House has issued a statement saying Biden reaffirmed his country’s commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The statement also said the two leaders expressed support for diplomatic efforts, starting next week with talks between the US and Russia and a NATO-Russia Council meeting.

In last week’s telephone conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden expressed his readiness to slap sanctions on Russia if it further invades Ukraine. But he also called for de-escalating the situation through diplomacy.

 

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