Russian President Vladimir Putin has been warned by the US amid fears of an invasion and war in Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden spoke on the phone on Sunday with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, whilst 100,000 Russian troops remain near Ukraine's eastern border.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement after the call: "President Biden made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine.
"President Biden underscored the commitment of the United States and its allies and partners to the principle of 'nothing about you without you'. He reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
"He also expressed support for confidence-building measures to de-escalate tensions in Donbas."
This came after Biden issued his most direct warning to Putin so far on Friday.
The US President told reporters during a holiday stay in Delaware: "I'm not going to negotiate here in public, but we made it clear he cannot – I'll emphasise, cannot – invade Ukraine."
He added that he had "made it clear to President Putin that [if Russia invades Ukraine] we will have severe sanctions, we will increase our presence in Europe, with NATO allies."
Follow his seizing of the Crimea region in 2014, Putin has been accused of trying to start a pro-Russia separatist war in Ukraine.
Given the significant build-up of Russian military equipment and personnel on the border, Ukrainian officials have now turned to Western governments to deter their eastern neighbours from action.
Before his conversation with Biden yesterday, Zelensky wrote on Twitter: "As we have agreed with our Strategic Partner [the US], nothing about [Ukraine] without [Ukraine].
"Look forward to talking again with @POTUS this Sunday to coordinate our steps for the sake of peace in Ukraine and security in Europe."
Following discussions between Biden and Putin last week, Russian foreign policy adviser Yury Ushakov told reporters that Putin was "pleased" with the overall progress.
Russian and American officials will meet once again on January 9 and 10 in Geneva to continue talks.
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