Zelensky had a long telephone conversation with Biden about the crisis

Zelensky had a long telephone conversation with Biden about the crisis

 

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and US President Joe Biden had a telephone conversation for a long time discussing the crisis.

Source: Zelensky’s Twitter page

Zelensky’s direct speech: “I had a long telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden. We discussed the current diplomatic efforts on de-escalation and agreed on joint actions for the future.”

 

 

Details: In addition, Zelensky thanked Biden for providing military assistance. Another part of the aid package should come to Ukraine. 

The White House said in a statement that the United States was considering expanding macroeconomic assistance to Ukraine. Biden reminded that in 2021 the United States provided more than $ 500 million to Ukraine in various programs.

The US President also stressed that the US Embassy in Kyiv is open and open to visitors, despite instructions from the State Department for the families of diplomats to leave Ukraine.

Biden assured Zelensky that the United States is true to the principle of “nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine” and will take immediate action in the event of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

This is the second conversation between the presidents in the last month.

Background : 

  • On December 9, 2021, Zelensky spoke to Biden by phone for an hour and a half. At that time, the conversation focused primarily on the increase of Russian troops on the Ukrainian borders and the need for reforms by the Ukrainian government. According to Zelensky, Biden then told him what he had talked about with Putin on December 7, and Zelensky shared news about the situation in Donbas.
  • Subsequently, on January 3, the parties again spoke by phone about the Russian threat and the content of US and NATO talks with Russia. Biden assured Zelensky that American diplomats would not make any decisions about Ukraine without Ukrainian representatives.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on US written responses to the Kremlin’s guarantees. He said the United States had not provided an answer to a key issue in Russian documents.
  • US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that in response, the United States outlined possible points of a diplomatic path, how to achieve transparency and predictability in relations if Russia chooses the path of de-escalation with Ukraine. According to Blinken, the United States insists on the right of independent states to choose their path.

 

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