Video summit on Ukraine conflict: Biden threatens Putin with “strong sanctions”

Status: 07.12.2021 7:46 p.m.

US President Biden has warned Russian President Putin of a military escalation in the Ukraine crisis. At a video summit he threatened “severe economic sanctions”.

According to the White House, US President Joe Biden has threatened his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin with consequences in the event of an escalation in the Ukraine conflict. The White House said after a two-hour video summit that Biden had expressed “the deep concern of the United States and our European allies” about the crisis.

At the same time, he made it clear that “the USA and our allies would react with strong economic and other measures in the event of a military escalation”.

Putin took part in the conversation with the aim of getting a guarantee from Biden that Ukraine will never become part of NATO. Kiev has long sought membership in the military alliance. The US and NATO allies had made it clear before the talks that there would be no such guarantee.

The White House also said that Biden had reiterated its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. He called for de-escalation and a return to diplomacy.

Other topics should be cybersecurity in both countries, the Iranian nuclear program and other international conflicts. The Kremlin had previously stated that, given the multitude of conflict issues, it could be a very long conversation.

Biden in contact with Europeans because of Ukraine

Afterwards, the US President wanted to exchange ideas with his European allies: Chancellor Angela Merkel, French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Russia has gathered tens of thousands of soldiers on the border with Ukraine, which is fueling fears in the West that the Russian army could invade Ukraine.

Serious reproach against Russia

A few hours before the video summit, Ukraine had accused Russia of sending tanks and snipers to the line of contact between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine in order to provoke “counterfire” and thus create an excuse for a potential Russian invasion.

The Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov did not want to comment on the accusation and referred to the Russian Defense Ministry, which initially did not comment.

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