The White House said on Saturday that President Joe Biden told Russia’s Vladimir Putin that attacking Ukraine would cause “widespread human suffering” and that the West was committed to diplomacy to end the crisis, but “the same for other scenarios.” Absolutely ready.” It made no suggestion that the hour-long call downplayed the threat of an impending war in Europe.
Biden also said that the United States and its allies “will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs” if the Kremlin attacks its neighbor, according to the White House. A day after both presidents were warned by Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, that US intelligence suggests a Russian offensive could begin within a day and before the Winter Olympics in Beijing end on February 20. The two presidents spoke.
The talks came at a crucial moment in what has become the biggest security crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War. US officials believe they have only a few days to stop the invasion and massive bloodshed in Ukraine. And while the US and its NATO allies have no plans to send troops to Ukraine to fight Russia, an invasion and the resulting punitive sanctions could resonate far beyond the former Soviet republic, reducing energy supplies, global markets and power in Europe. Balance may be affected. “President Biden was clear with President Putin that the United States is ready to engage in diplomacy, in full coordination with our allies and partners, we are equally prepared for other scenarios,” the White House said.
A senior administration official said the call was “professional and genuine” but “there has been no fundamental change in the dynamics that has been unfolding for several weeks now,” adding that it was unclear whether Putin intended to proceed with the military. Final decision taken or not. Work. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is flying to Ukraine and Russia this week in an effort to defuse tensions.
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