Ukraine: Klitschko criticises lack of support from Germany
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The US President held a telephone conversation with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday as tens of thousands of Russian troops are deployed near the Ukrainian border.
A White House statement said President Biden “reaffirmed the readiness of the United States along with its allies and partners to respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine” during the talks.
White House National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said: “President Biden said that there is a distinct possibility that the Russians could invade Ukraine in February.
“He has said this publicly and we have been warning about this for months.”
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Minister says it’s ‘not too late’ to ‘de-escalate’ tension
A UK minister said it is “not too late” for Russian President Vladimir Putin to “de-escalate” tensions on the Ukraine border.
Chris Philp, for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said the Government is “deeply concerned” about the “unprecedented levels” of Russian troops around the Ukrainian border.
He added that Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden were “right to want” Russia’s Vladimir Putin that consequences would be “very serious” in terms of sanctions.
He told Sky News: “In the United Kingdom, we are doing everything we can to to support the Ukrainians, including supplying military equipment that would help them – and training that goes with that – to prevent tanks, Russian tanks, from entering Ukrainian territory.
“We are urging Russia to get to the table, to discuss issues that are relevant and to de-escalate the situation. De-escalation is clearly in the interests of all concerned – it is not too late to de-escalate, and that is what now needs to happen.”
UN security council to meet
The US ambassador to the UN said Russia is “engaging in destabilising acts” and “posing a clear threat to international peace and security”.
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the UNs security council would meet on Monday for “direct and purposeful discussion”.
Ms Thomas-Greenfield said: “As we continue our relentless pursuit of diplomacy to de-escalate tensions in the face of this serious threat to European and global peace and security, the UN Security Council is a crucial venue for diplomacy,”
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