President Biden vowed to ‘respond decisively’ to any perceived incursion by Russian into Ukrainian territory, while on a call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday.
As The Hill reports:
President Biden told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday that the U.S. and its allies will “respond decisively” if Russia again invades the so-called Donbas region in southeastern Ukraine.
In a statement, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the leaders “expressed support for diplomatic efforts,” adding that Biden “made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine. ”
She noted ongoing diplomatic efforts including the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue between the U.S. and Russia, as well as discussions through the NATO-Russia Council and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Biden has recently had conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an effort to lower the tensions between Russia and Ukraine — a videoconference call on Dec. 7 and a phone call on Dec. 31.
Ukraine, which is not a NATO member and not in any treaty which would require the US to come to its aide if attacked, has been at odds with Russia since its own government was toppled in 2014.