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The United States and Russia have been in contact for the first time since the invasion of Ukraine

Russian invasion of Ukraine begins on February 24 (File)

Washington:

U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with General Nikolay Patrushev, the secretary of the Russian Security Council, since Russia invaded Ukraine in a high-level relationship between Washington and Moscow, the White House said.

Sullivan reaffirmed his opposition to the US invasion on February 24 and told Patrushev that “if Russia is serious about diplomacy, Moscow must stop attacking Ukrainian cities and towns,” the statement said.

“He made it clear that the United States is committed to continuing to impose costs on Russia,” to support Ukraine’s defense, and to strengthen NATO’s eastern wing, “in full coordination with our allies and partners.”

The United States and NATO have recently expressed fears that Russia could launch a chemical or biological attack on Ukraine, and Sullivan “warned Sullivan of the consequences and possible consequences of any Russian decision.”

The statement was made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shortly afterwards in a powerful virtual speech to the U.S. Congress, where he called for the terror of the war and called for Washington to reconsider its call for a no-fly zone.

Biden has so far ruled out a flying area, warning that NATO could be taken to the “Third World War” by Russia with a nuclear weapon.

Instead, he has imposed heavy sanctions on Russia and poured money and aid into Ukraine.

At 11:45 a.m. Wednesday (1545 GMT), Ukraine will announce an additional $ 800 million in new security assistance, a White House official said.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a union feed.)

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