Biden to speak Thursday with Ukrainian president after call with Putin

President BidenJoe BidenFormer chairman of Wisconsin GOP party signals he will comply with Jan. 6 committee subpoena Romney tests positive for coronavirus Pelosi sidesteps progressives' March 1 deadline for Build Back Better MORE will speak on Thursday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to follow up on his video conference with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinUK prime minister to call Putin in attempt to stop Ukraine invasion Belarusian president vows war if Russia, Belarus attacked Biden says he'll send troops to Eastern Europe in 'near term' MORE, the White House confirmed.

Biden spoke with Putin for two hours on Tuesday, during which he warned Moscow against invading Ukraine, the White House said in a readout of the conversation.

National security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanOvernight Defense & National Security — Inside Austin's civilian harm directive Republicans again call for Oversight hearing on Afghanistan withdrawal Biden's first year: A mirage of gender parity MORE told reporters Biden would follow his call with Putin by speaking with European allies and congressional leaders as well as by holding a call with Zelensky.


Biden and Zelensky will likely discuss a potential diplomatic resolution to the standoff with Russia during their call on Thursday, Sullivan said.

Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenFighting  AIDS  and COVID-19  depend on a firm foundation    Human rights activists call on Olympic athletes to speak out against 'genocide games' The Biden administration faces a dangerous anti-American triad MORE spoke with Zelensky on Monday to coordinate ahead of Biden's call with Putin.

Biden held the discussion with Putin as a Russian troop buildup on the border with Ukraine has exacerbated fears about a potential Russian military invasion of its neighbor to the west. 

“President Biden reiterated his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and called for de-escalation and a return to diplomacy,” the White House readout stated.

Sullivan told reporters he was direct in warning Putin against invading Ukraine, suggesting significant sanctions would be on the table without getting into specifics. 

"I will look you in the eye and tell you as President Biden looked President Putin in the eye and told him today, that things we did not do in 2014, we are prepared to do now," Sullivan said at a press briefing, referencing when Russia invaded Crimea.