Biden Warns Putin Against Invasion of Ukraine
President Joe Biden had a two-hour video call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, in which Biden warned Moscow against invading Ukraine.
The White House said that 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.”
“President Biden reiterated his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and called for de-escalation and a return to diplomacy,” the readout said.
The call came as a bolstering of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine has exacerbated fears about a potential military invasion.
According to the White House, Biden and Putin connected shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday morning and concluded at 12:08 p.m.