Biden says comprehensive plan for Russia-Ukraine crisis

The Ukrainian flag flies over the town of Kramatorsk
FILE PHOTO: The Ukrainian flag flies over the town of Kramatorsk, Ukraine November 25, 2021. The image was taken by drone on November 25, 2021. REUTERS / Valentyn Ogirenko

December 3, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday said he is launching a comprehensive set of initiatives aimed at making it difficult for Russian President Vladimir Putin to fight Ukraine.

Biden, in response to reporters’ questions after the White House’s speech on the US economy, said he had not yet spoken to Putin. A call between the two leaders is expected in the next few days.

Ukraine’s Defense Minister, Oleksii Reznikov, warned earlier on Friday that Russia has deployed more than 94,000 troops near the Ukrainian border and may be preparing for a large-scale military offensive by the end of January.

“What I am doing is putting together what I believe to be the most comprehensive and meaningful set of initiatives to make it very difficult for Mr. Putin to go ahead and do what people worry that he will. do,” Biden said.

He told reporters that his administration was in “regular communication” with Ukraine and its European allies about the situation.

A senior administration official, asked what Biden was talking about, said: “Since the beginning of this Administration, we have demonstrated that the United States and our allies are willing to use a tools to address Russia’s harmful actions, and we will not hesitate. from taking advantage of those and other tools in the future. “

For its part, Moscow accused Ukraine and the United States of destabilizing behavior, and suggested that Kyiv may be preparing to launch its own offensive in eastern Ukraine, which Ukrainian authorities strongly deny. .

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Steve Holland; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Dan Grebler) Biden says comprehensive plan for Russia-Ukraine crisis


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