The year 2002 has barely started but Joe Biden intends not to let go in the Ukrainian case. The American president once again assured his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in a telephone call on Sunday January 2 that the United States and its allies were on his side in the event of an invasion of the territory by the armed forces of Moscow.
“President Biden has made it clear that the United States and its allies will respond vigorously if Russia further invades Ukraine”White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. She also said Biden had shown support for diplomatic efforts, including talks scheduled for January 9-10 in Geneva between high-level US and Russian officials.
“We appreciate the unwavering support for Ukraine [de la part des Etats-Unis] », wrote M. Zelensky on Twitter. “We spoke of the joint actions of Ukraine, the United States and its partners to maintain peace in Europe and prevent a worsening of the situation”.
Joe Biden, who multiplies the warnings to Vladimir Putin and pleads for a ” de-escalation “, assured to have again warned the Russian president against an attempted invasion of Ukraine during a telephone interview Thursday. “I made it clear to President Putin that we would adopt tough sanctions and increase our presence in Europe, among our NATO allies”Joe Biden said on Friday.
For more than a month, Russia has been accused by the West of having massed tens of thousands of soldiers near the Ukrainian border, with a view to a possible military intervention against Kiev. But on December 25, Moscow announced that more than 10,000 Russian troops returned to their bases after month-long exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border.
The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that these maneuvers “Combat training” had taken place on several military sites in the Russian regions of Volgograd, Rostov, Krasnodar and in annexed Crimea, areas in the immediate vicinity of Ukraine. The ministry specifies that exercises have also taken place in Russian territories further from the Ukrainian border, in the regions of Stavropol, Astrakhan, the North Caucasus, but also in Armenia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In its press release, the Russian army does not specify in which bases these troops were redeployed.