President Biden spoke with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in a high-stakes diplomatic effort on Tuesday morning to de-escalate a disaster over Ukraine as tens of hundreds of Russian troops amass alongside the Ukrainian border, elevating fears of an invasion.
The White Home stated that Mr. Biden would “reaffirm the USA’ help for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” The 2 started their dialog by way of video-link at 10:07 a.m., in response to the White Home, and it ended at 12:08 p.m.
“Greetings, Mr. President!” Mr. Putin stated at the beginning of the decision, in response to a quick video of the opening moments.
“Good to see you once more,” Mr. Biden responded warmly, after what gave the impression to be a quick connection glitch. “Sadly final time we didn’t get to see each other on the G20. I’m hoping subsequent time we meet we do it in individual.”
Mr. Putin was seated at a protracted wood desk, with Mr. Biden on a big video display in entrance of him, and waved to Mr. Biden as the decision started, in response to temporary footage of the videoconference launched by Russian state tv. Mr. Putin took the decision from his residence in Sochi, the Russian resort metropolis on the Black Sea.
The digital assembly was an important check for Mr. Biden, as he tried to guard a democratic ally whose safety U.S. officers have promised to defend and head off a serious European safety disaster.
Mr. Putin has complained that Ukraine poses a risk to Russia by way of its shut navy and political ties to the USA and European powers.
However Mr. Biden’s choices are restricted. He has no want to ship U.S. troops into battle on Ukraine’s behalf. As a substitute, Mr. Biden was to make use of the decision to warn Mr. Putin of doubtless extreme financial penalties, in response to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on Monday. The official wouldn’t supply particulars, however analysts say a full-fledged invasion might set off a U.S. transfer to chop Russia off from the worldwide monetary system, a drastic measure reserved for excessive circumstances.
It’s unclear, nonetheless, whether or not such warnings will deter the Russian president, who has weathered years of Western sanctions over previous acts of aggression, together with Mr. Putin’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and his longtime help for a pro-Russian separatist insurgency in Ukraine’s east.
U.S. officers imagine that Mr. Putin has not determined whether or not to invade Ukraine. However the USA has disclosed intelligence exhibiting that Russia’s navy has developed a warfare plan that envisions as many as 175,000 troops pouring throughout Ukraine’s border — an invasion pressure that Ukraine’s navy, regardless of U.S.-provided gear and coaching, would have little capacity to cease.
Previous to the decision, Biden officers stated the leaders would additionally cowl different points, as they did when assembly in Geneva in June, together with nuclear arms management, cybersecurity and Iran’s nuclear program.