During the two-hour video call, Biden "reiterated his support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity" and called for de-escalation, the White House said. He also made clear the United States and its European allies would respond with "strong economic and other measures in the event of military escalation," it said.
The "other measures" would include providing additional defensive material to Ukraine and fortifying NATO allies near Russia with additional deployment of assets and capabilities.
Biden said at the outset of Tuesday's meeting that he would like to meet Putin in person again since they were unable to get together at the Group of 20 summit in late October in Italy.
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