Biden called for de-escalation around Ukraine in video call with Putin – White House

Putin and Biden also discussed the U.S.-Russia dialogue on strategic stability, a separate dialogue on ransomware

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 21: U.S. President Joe Biden addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly on September 21, 2021 at U.N. headquarters in New York City. More than 100 heads of state or government are attending the session in person, although the size of delegations is smaller due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, December 7. /TASS/. US President Joe Biden warned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that the US and its allies would hit Russia with economic and other measures in the event of military escalation against Ukraine and called for a return to diplomacy, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.

“President Biden voiced the deep concerns of the United States and our European allies about Russia’s escalation of forces surrounding Ukraine and made clear that the U.S. and our Allies would respond with strong economic and other measures in the event of military escalation,” the statement said. Biden “called for de-escalation and a return to diplomacy,” the White House said.

“The two presidents tasked their teams to follow up, and the U.S. will do so in close coordination with allies and partners,” the statement went on to say.

Putin and Biden “also discussed the U.S.-Russia dialogue on strategic stability, a separate dialogue on ransomware, as well as joint work on regional issues such as Iran,” according to the White House.

The Russian and US presidents held a video call that lasted slightly more than two hours on Tuesday.

There has been a flurry of statements in the West and Kiev lately that Russia could invade Ukraine. Peskov said they were unsubstantiated escalation and that Russia doesn’t threaten anyone. At the same time, he didn’t rule out provocations to corroborate these Western statements and warned that the use of force to resolve the crisis in southeastern Ukraine will have serious consequences.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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