President Biden said there is “plenty of room for diplomacy” with Russia that could avoid a conflict in Europe.
Speaking from the White House, Biden laid out areas where Washington and Moscow can continue talking as Russia continues to mass troops along their border with Ukraine.
Biden said that he spoke with President Putin this weekend and made it clear that the US is willing to “keep pursuing high-level diplomacy” to negotiate “written understandings” with Russia.
“Yesterday, the Russian government publicly proposed to continue the diplomacy. I agree,” Biden said.
He added, “We should give the diplomacy every chance to succeed.”
Biden said that he believes that there are ways “to address our respective security concerns.”
“The United States has put on the table concrete ideas to establish security environment in Europe. We’re proposing new arms control measures, new transparency measures, new strategic stability measures,” Biden said.
Biden that the US “will not sacrifice basic principles, though” in pursuing steps that can advance our common security.
The US President called diplomacy “the best way forward for all parties, in our view.”
“We’ll continue our diplomatic efforts in close consultation with our allies and our partners,” Biden said.
“As long as there is hope of diplomatic resolution that prevents the use of force and avoids incredible human suffering that would follow, we will pursue it,” Biden added.