Biden reaffirms principle of

Biden reaffirms principle of "no decisions about Ukraine without Ukraine" - White House

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During a call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine on Thursday, December 9., U.S. President Joe Biden reaffirmed commitment to not take decisions regarding Ukraine without the latter’s involvement.

That’s according to an official statement published by the White House following the phone call of the two leaders, Ukrinform reports.

"President Biden made clear that the United States and its allies and partners are committed to the principle of “no decisions or discussions about Ukraine without Ukraine,” the document said.

The leaders called on Russia to de-escalate tensions and agreed that “diplomacy is the best way to make meaningful progress on conflict resolution.” 

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"President Biden underscored the readiness of the United States to engage in support of confidence-building measures to advance the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, in support of the Normandy Format," the White House added.

According to Jen Psaki, Spokeswoman for the U.S. administration, Joe Biden briefed his Ukrainian counterpart on recent talks with the Russian president, as well as reaffirmed support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Psaki noted that the same position was expressed on December 6 during Volodymyr Zelensky’s call with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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Thus, following the latest talks between the leaders of the United States and Russia, Washington’s position remains unwavering.

The White House spokeswoman also said President Biden remained ready to respond seriously to Russia in the event of a military escalation and that the U.S. maintains close contact with the Ukrainian side at many levels.

As reported by Ukrinform, the presidents of the United States and Russia had a secure video call on Tuesday, December 7.

The issue of Russia's military escalation near Ukraine's border was one of the main ones discussed during the call.

Photo: The White House

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