According to the White House Press Secretary, the United States will also consider options for expanding its military presence in Europe in the event of a hypothetical Russian aggression against Ukraine.
The United States strives to keep open channels of communication, including with Russia, and to find a diplomatic way to resolve the situation around Ukraine. This was stated on Monday at a regular briefing for journalists by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
“Every day we are working to keep channels of diplomatic interaction open, to carry out dialogue with Europeans and direct contacts with Ukrainians and Russians, as well as to strive and follow a diplomatic way out of the situation,” she said.
“There are many different components at the same time at the moment,” the spokeswoman stressed, answering the question about what further diplomatic steps Washington is preparing. Psaki recalled, in particular, that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried will visit Moscow on Tuesday to “meet with high-ranking government representatives, discuss Russia’s military buildup and emphasize the commitment of the United States to the sovereignty of Ukraine.” “She will emphasize that we can achieve diplomatic progress in ending the conflict in Donbass by implementing the Minsk agreements with the support of the Normandy format,” the White House representative said.
“In addition to this, our specialists dealing with national security issues continue to conduct extensive consultations with our European allies and partners <…>, and this will also continue,” Psaki added.
She also said that the United States would consider options for expanding its military presence in Europe in the event of a hypothetical Russian aggression against Ukraine.
“If you look at developments after 2014, many of these [Eastern European] NATO partner countries sought assurances [of Washington’s commitment to their security], to expand the presence of [US troops], to receive additional deployments [of U.S. military personnel] on a rotational basis. And, of course, this will be considered if Russia decides to invade Ukraine,” said the official representative of President Joe Biden.