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Video summit on Ukraine conflict: Biden threatens Putin with “strong sanctions”

Status: 07.12.2021 7:46 pm

US President Biden has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin about a military escalation in the Ukraine crisis. In a video conference he threatened “severe sanctions”.

According to the White House, US President Joe Biden has threatened his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin with consequences if the Ukraine conflict escalates. After the two-hour video summit, the White House said Biden had expressed “deep concern for the United States and our European allies.”

At the same time, he clarified that “the United States and our allies will act with strong economic and other measures in the event of a military escalation.”

Putin took part in the talks with the aim of guaranteeing that Ukraine would never become part of NATO. Kiev has long sought membership in the military alliance. The US and NATO allies had made it clear before the talks that there was no such guarantee.

The White House has said Biden has reiterated its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He called for a mitigation of the situation and a return to diplomacy.

Other topics include cyber security in both countries, the Iranian nuclear program and other international conflicts. The Kremlin has previously said that this could be a very long conversation, given the many conflict issues.

Biden was in contact with the Europeans because of Ukraine

After that, the US President wanted to exchange views with his European allies: President Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian President Mario Draghi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Russia has amassed tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border, provoking Western fears that the Russian military might invade Ukraine.

Strong condemnation against Russia

Hours before the video summit, Ukraine accused Russia of sending tanks and snipers to liaise between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Invasion.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not want to comment on the allegations, citing the Russian Defense Ministry, which initially did not comment.