President Joe Biden underscored U.S. support for Ukraine on Friday in his first call to that country’s leader following reports of Russian troop actions on its jap border.
Biden in his dialog with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy affirmed “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression,” according to an announcement from the White House.
The US and Ukraine sigh Russia is escalating tensions in jap Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists contain been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014. Russia denies having a armed forces presence there.
The Pentagon this week accused Russia of violating a 2020 ceasefire, including in a March 26 clash that killed four Ukrainian squaddies. Ukraine’s armed forces blamed a Russian mortar assault.
Zelenskiy stated in a tweet after the call that Ukraine and the United States “stand shoulder to shoulder when it comes to preservation of our democracies.” He called the partnership with American citizens “predominant” for Ukrainians.
Biden additionally wired his dedication to revitalizing the two nations’ strategic partnership, and supporting efforts by Zelenskiy to fight corruption and promote democratic reforms, the White House stated.
President Donald Trump had emphasised a terminate relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and resisted calls to press Russia over its interference in the United States and utterly different nations, including Ukraine. Biden has publicly rebuked Putin since taking dwelling of job, including saying remaining month he regarded Putin as a “killer.”
Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States after that, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov kept up Russia’s complaints about Biden’s feedback this week, saying Russia’s kinfolk with the United States and its allies contain “hit the bottom.”
Zelenskiy and Biden additionally talked about cooperation in strengthening democracy in Eastern Europe and containing the COVID-19 pandemic, the White House stated.
Jim Heintz contributed from Moscow.