We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Alamy Stock Photo
ukraine tensions

Biden set to offer Putin 'diplomatic path' to ease Ukraine tensions

A phone call between Biden and Putin is set to take place tomorrow, at the request of the Kremlin.

US PRESIDENT JOE Biden will offer President Vladimir Putin a “diplomatic path” out of tensions around Ukraine but remains “gravely” concerned by Russian troop movements, a senior US administration official said today.

In a phone call with Putin scheduled for tomorrow, Biden will say “we are prepared for diplomacy and for a diplomatic path forward,” the official told reporters.

“But we are also prepared to respond if Russia advances with a further invasion of Ukraine,” Biden will tell Putin, the official said, adding that “we continue to be gravely concerned” by Russian forces near the Ukrainian border.

The phone call is taking place at the request of the Kremlin, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The two leaders will discuss a range of issues ahead of intensive diplomacy next month that will see Russian officials meet with US counterparts in Geneva on 10 January.

The Russians will then meet separately with NATO and the OSCE regional security body.

Despite the surge of diplomatic contacts, Washington considers that the Russians have to do more to reduce the threat level around Ukraine for significant progress to take place.

Russia deployed tens of thousands of combat troops to the border, prompting fears that the Kremlin is ready to order seizure of more Ukrainian territory.

Although this has not happened, the force is “not entirely static,” the official said and remains “a continuing source of great concern.”

Washington “would like to see a return of forces to their regular training areas.”

More broadly, the saber-rattling makes any deeper progress less likely, the official said.

“Getting to an end game, a diplomatic end game, getting to meaningful understanding between the US and Russia, NATO and Russia, Ukraine and Russia, that really only happens practically in an environment where we’re seeing de-escalation,” the official said.

According to the official, there is no plan for another in-person Biden-Putin summit at the Geneva talks.

Biden will speak to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky “soon,” although no date has been set, the official said.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel