Biden, Putin Agree To Intensify Diplomacy Early Next Year Amid Tensions Over Ukraine

Biden, Putin Agree To Intensify Diplomacy Early Next Year Amid Tensions Over Ukraine

Andrew H. Sweet

During the 50-minute call on December 30, Biden told Putin that the United States and its partners would respond "decisively" if Russia launched an attack on Ukraine while also expressing support for diplomacy to de-escalate tensions, the White House said.

The Biden administration has said some of Russia's demands are "unacceptable," standing firm in the position that countries such as Ukraine have the right to choose their own foreign and security policy.

However, U.S. officials say there may be room to negotiate some of the other proposals under the arms control agenda between Washington and Moscow.

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