US President Joe Biden said it would make it “very, very difficult” for Russian President Vladimir Putin to take military action in Ukraine. He said that his administration is putting together a comprehensive set of initiatives to curb Russian aggression.
Hinting toward growing concern about a Russian build-up of troops on the Ukrainian border, Mr. Biden termed it as aggressive rhetoric from the Kremlin.
“What I am doing is putting together what I believe will be the most comprehensive and meaningful set of initiatives to make it very, very difficult for Mr. Putin to go ahead and do what people are worried he may do,” Mr. Biden told reporters on Friday.
The warning comes at a time when officials from both sides are working on a conversation between the leaders probably next week.
Putin’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Yuri Ushakov on Friday told reporters that arrangements had been made for a Putin-Biden call in the coming days.
This comes as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, met in Sweden on Thursday, where both talked about the situation in Ukraine despite other hot issues.
Blinken called on Russia to abide by the Minsk peace agreements hammered out in 2015 between Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany.
Moreover, Blinken expressed deep concerns about Russia’s plans for renewed aggression against Ukraine. “We have a strong, ironclad commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Blinken said, terming diplomacy as the best way to avert a crisis.
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