The White House made no significant progress in relieving tensions between Russia and Ukraine after President Joe Biden made an hour-long phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The call was made between 11:04 am and 12:06 pm.
Biden warned that if Putin chose to invade Ukraine, the United States would “resolutely respond and impose prompt and severe costs on Russia.”
However, the White House did not announce whether any significant progress had been made between the call between the two leaders.
The Epoch Times contacted the White House for comment.
Here’s the full text of the phone call released by the White House on Saturday afternoon:
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. today spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Russia’s military buildup at the Ukrainian border. President Biden has made it clear that if Russia embarks on a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States will take decisive action with its allies and partners and impose swift and severe costs on Russia. President Biden reiterated that further invasion of Ukraine by Russia would create widespread human suffering and reduce Russia’s status. President Biden made it clear to President Putin that the United States is ready to engage in diplomacy in full coordination with its allies and partners, but is ready for other scenarios as well. ..
The State Department ordered the evacuation of most US directly hired employees from the US embassy in Kiev and urged Ukrainian Americans to leave early Saturday morning as tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border increased.
At the same time, the Byden administration is moving thousands of troops to East Europe, including the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1,700 paratroopers and the 2nd Striker Cavalry Regiment’s squadron.
Over the past few months, Russia has gathered tens of thousands of troops and artillery along the border with Ukraine. However, the Kremlin denied plans to invade Ukraine.
Russia refused to ease tensions with Ukraine, saying the United States and NATO were unable to address basic security concerns from Moscow. statement Acquired by Russian state media TASS.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Viklov told Secretary of State Antony Blinken over the phone that “these issues are central to the evaluation of documents received from the United States and NATO and will be notified to colleagues.” rice field. Saturday.
Washington and NATO have an open mind about Ukraine joining NATO.
“From our point of view, it can’t be clarified any further. NATO’s doors remain open and that’s our commitment,” Blinken said in late January, Russia and NATO, Includes missile reductions in Europe.