We will respond decisively if Russia invades Ukraine: Joe Biden

“We will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine,” US President Joe Biden declared during Thursday’s phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. He also announced economic aid for Kiev in the face of the conflict with Moscow.

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As the White House reported, Joe Biden “underscored the commitment of the US to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

He also “noted the US has provided Ukraine with over half a billion dollars in development and humanitarian assistance in the last year, and is exploring additional macroeconomic support to help Ukraine’s economy amidst pressure resulting from Russia’s military build-up.”

According to the White House, “President Biden relayed the US’ support for conflict resolution efforts in the Normandy Format, expressing his hope that the sides’ recommitment on January 26 to the terms of the July 2020 ceasefire will help decrease tensions and advance the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.”

Click here to read the White House’s full statement.

Ukrainian President satisfied with the talks

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, positively assessed the Thursday conversation.

“[We] discussed recent diplomatic efforts on de-escalation and agreed on joint actions for the future. [I] Thanked President Biden for the ongoing military assistance. Possibilities for financial support to Ukraine were also discussed,” he wrote on social media.