President Biden will warn his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that the United States and its allies will impose “substantial” economic sanctions if Moscow invades Ukraine, according to a senior administration official.
The two leaders were scheduled to speak on a secure video call at 10 a.m.
Although the United States has not confirmed whether Putin is planning to invade Ukraine – and Russian officials have denied such ambition – Biden is expected to voice his concerns about a substantial military build-up by Russia on the Ukrainian border and warn there will be “very real costs” if further action is taken, the official said during a preview of the call on Monday.
On Monday evening, the White House said Biden had met with leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Britain to discuss their “common concern” over recent Russian military activities, as well as “growing rhetoric. harsher “of the Moscow government. The leaders concluded the call by pledging to support “the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”.
The Biden-Putin appeal comes a day after the release of recently released satellite images showing Russian forces continuing to rally at several key strategic points in western Russia and Crimea.
“To be clear, we don’t know if President Putin has made a decision regarding further military escalation in Ukraine, but we do know that he is building the capacity to engage in such escalation if he decides to. do, “he added. The head of the house said.
The official added that despite the tense situation, the administration “is not seeking to enter into conflict” with Russia.
“We can work together on issues such as strategic stability and arms control,” said the official, who later said that Biden would make it clear to Putin “that there is an effective channel for diplomacy.”
New York Post