The White House previously reported that the American president will talk with the Ukrainian leader “to discuss the buildup of Russian military forces on the border of Ukraine.”
U.S. President Joe Biden began a telephone conversation with Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky at 13:34 Washington time. This was announced on Thursday by the press service of the White House.
“The call on President Biden’s secure connection with Ukrainian President Zelensky began at 13:34,” the statement said.
Earlier, the White House reported that Biden would talk with Zelensky on Thursday “to discuss the Russian military buildup on the border of Ukraine.” After that, he also intends to discuss with the leaders of the Bucharest Nine countries the Russia-USA online summit held on Tuesday.
The White House also reported that Biden will inform Zelensky about the conversation with Putin and confirm support for Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Biden held video talks on December 7, the conversation lasted two hours. The prevailing topic was the situation around Ukraine. The leaders also discussed bilateral relations, cybersecurity, and the Iran nuclear deal.
Recently, there have been allegations in Western countries and in Kyiv about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. The press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov called such information an empty and groundless escalation of tension, stressing that Russia does not pose a threat to anyone. At the same time, he did not rule out the possibility of provocations to justify such statements and warned that attempts to solve the crisis in Donbas by force would have the most serious consequences.