Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin spoke Thursday as Russia appeared to be approaching an invasion of Ukraine.
Putin told Biden that sanctions on Ukraine could mean a complete collapse of US-Russian relations.
Biden urged Putin to ease tensions, but said the United States would respond if Russia invaded.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned President Joe Biden on Thursday’s phone that if the United States imposes sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine, relations between the two countries could be completely disrupted.
Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said after a phone call in which President Putin said the Biden sanctions “could completely disrupt relations between the two countries.” Reuters reported..
“Our president also said it was a mistake for our descendants to consider it a big mistake,” he said.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki said Biden told Putin that Russia needs to “relax tensions with Ukraine.” She said Biden warned that if Russia pushed for Ukraine’s invasion, the United States would respond.
“President Biden reiterated that substantial progress in these dialogues could only occur in a deescalated environment,” she said.
“He has made it clear that the United States and its allies and partners will take decisive action if Russia invades Ukraine further.”
The United States, Ukraine, and their allies caveat Russia seems to be preparing to invade neighboring Ukraine soon.
Russia has been Form an army Military equipment along the border,
Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014. Russia also supports armed separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
The war between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops 13,000 people in recent years.
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