Direct and straight forward. That’s how National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan described President Biden’s roughly two hour video call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Ukraine.
Russia has been amassing troops on the Ukraine border. Sullivan told reporters Biden warned Putin about strong economic and “other measures” in the event of military escalation in Ukraine. Sullivan did not elaborate on consequences.
Sullivan said U.S. officials don’t believe Putin has made a decision about invading Ukraine. Putin has been seeking assurances that Ukraine will never be invited to join NATO. Meantime, Biden followed up with a call to the leaders of France, Great Britain, Italy and Germany.