Joe Biden to talk to Ukraine's president on Sunday about tension with Russia.


Joe Biden to talk to Ukraine's president on Sunday about tension with Russia.

The president of the United States will speak by phone with President Volodimir Zelenski to reaffirm his support for the country's "sovereignty and territorial integrity" in the face of the increase in the Russian military presence on the border.

US President Joe Biden will speak by phone with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodimir Zelenski on Sunday CFafter warning his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin this week that he will take action if he invades the country , the White House announced Friday.

"I told President Putin that we will adopt serious sanctions and that we will increase our presence in Europe, with NATO allies" if Russia invades Ukraine, Biden responded when asked on Friday about their conversation on Thursday.

"We have been clear: you cannot, I repeat, you cannot invade Ukraine," he told reporters outside a restaurant in Wilmington (east), where he spends the end of the year celebrations with his family.

For his part, the Russian president said that new sanctions against Moscow would be "a colossal mistake."

After this 50-minute conversation, the second in less than a month, both praised, despite everything, the diplomatic channel as a way out of the crisis.

On Sunday, Biden will reiterate to the Ukrainian president "US support for the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine," said a presidential official.

Biden "will talk about the Russian military deployment on the borders of Ukraine and review the preparations for the next diplomatic meetings aimed at reducing tension in the region," he added.

Meanwhile, Zelensky said in a tweet that he was impatient to discuss with the US president "the means of coordinating actions for the sake of peace in Ukraine and security in Europe."

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that he spoke with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg this Friday.

In a tweet, the head of US diplomacy asked Russia to "seriously participate" in the negotiations to allow a de-escalation. Ukraine and its western allies accuse Moscow of concentrating tens of thousands of soldiers on its border for a possible invasion.

NATO is "united" and "ready to talk," tweeted on his side, Stoltenberg.

In Geneva, the United States and Russia will hold bilateral negotiations on January 10-11. They will be led by US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman and her Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov. On January 12, there will be a Russia-NATO meeting, followed on January 13 by another in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) framework.

The United States, accused of directing some international issues without much consultation with its allies, insists on coordinating closely with Europeans and Ukrainians.

More than 100,000 Russian soldiers are stationed near the borders of Ukraine, where Russia already annexed Crimea in 2014.

Furthermore, Moscow is backing pro-Russian separatists in the conflict that has raged in eastern Ukraine for almost eight years.