Biden reaffirms U.S. support for Ukraine in call with Zelenskiy

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U.S. President Joe Biden, in a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday, reaffirmed Washington’s readiness to respond decisively if Russia invades Ukraine, the White House said in a statement.

Biden also told Zelenskiy that the United States is exploring additional macroeconomic support to help Ukraine‘s economy amid pressure from Russia‘s military buildup, it said.

Addressing Ukrainian criticism over the decision to call on US citizens to leave Ukraine, Biden told Zelensky that the embassy “remains open and fully operational.”

While expressing support for talks this week where Ukraine and Russia recommitted to a tense ceasefire in the disputed east of the country, Biden promised that diplomatic deals would not be cut behind Ukraine’s back, saying “nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine.”

In a tweet, Zelensky said he and the US president had “a long phone conversation” and that they “discussed recent diplomatic efforts on de-escalation and agreed on joint actions for the future.”

Zelensky said he thanked Biden for US weapons deliveries and that “possibilities for financial support to Ukraine were also discussed.”