Due to the escalating tensions surrounding Ukraine, the US and Russian presidents will meet again by phone on Thursday. According to the speakers, Putin was going to order maintenance. They also had extensive communication about this at the beginning of December.
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are trying to calm their escalating feud. Earlier this week, it was announced that there would be a meeting on January 10 between diplomats from both countries to discuss, among other things, differences over Ukraine. Biden recently spoke to several European leaders about the situation on the Ukrainian border. He will also soon meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to his spokesperson.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (Foreign Affairs) actually spoke to him on Wednesday. He is said to have assured Zelensky of the United States’ “unwavering support” for the “independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” particularly in light of the build-up of Russian forces… on the border that is viewed with suspicion in the West.
Relations between Russia and Ukraine have been tense for years. The Russians annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014. Moscow also supported Ukrainian separatists who were creating their own small states in the east of their country and fighting the pro-Western government in Kiev. Moscow has denied reports of a possible invasion as an attempt to foment unrest.
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