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Sunday, 16 May 2021 11:29 GMT

Biden says to Putin: Now is the time to de-escalate


(MENAFN - UkrinForm) U.S. President Joe Biden says the United States supports Ukraine against the backdrop of Russia's aggression and calls on the Kremlin to de-escalate and return to constructive dialogue.

He said this during a press briefing at the White House on Thursday, April 15, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

'I made clear to President Putin [during the last phone call] that the United States is unwavering in our support of our allies and partners in Europe. In that vein, I expressed concern about Russia's military buildup on Ukraine's border and in occupied Crimea, the U.S. president said.

He stressed that he also affirmed U.S. support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine against the background of the escalation of Russia's aggressive behavior in the region.

'Now is the time to de-escalate, Biden said to Putin.

In this regard, he suggested that the Russian leader conduct a constructive dialogue, in particular, during the bilateral summit in Europe this summer.

At the same time, Biden stressed that the United States cannot allow a foreign power to interfere in its democratic process with impunity. 

'My bottom line is this: Where it is in the interest of the United States to work with Russia, we should and we will. Where Russia seeks to violate the interests of the United States, we will respond. And we'll always stand in defense of our country, our institutions, our people, and our allies, the U.S. president stressed.

As Ukrinform reported, on Thursday, April 15, U.S. President Joe Biden issued an executive order imposing new sanctions and restrictions on Russia in response to actions by the Russian government and intelligence services against U.S. interests and sovereignty.

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