18 May 2022,   23:00
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Biden, Zelensky discuss Ukraine tensions over phone

U.S. President Joe Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, held a telephone conversation to discuss the ongoing tensions on the Ukrainian border.

According to a statement released by the White House, Biden reaffirmed U.S. support to Ukraine, including “additional macroeconomic support to help Ukraine"s economy amidst pressure”.

He also noted that despite the departure of American family members of embassy personnel, the U.S. embassy in Kiev remains open and fully operational.

Biden also expressed Washington’s support for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine through the Normandy Format.

The US leader said he hoped that a recommitment by the quadrilateral dialogue members to the July 2020 ceasefire agreement will help decrease tensions and advance the Minsk agreements.

Zelensky said in a tweet that during the call the two leaders discussed “recent diplomatic efforts on de-escalation and agreed on joint actions for the future”. He also confirmed that “possibilities for financial support to Ukraine were also discussed”.

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