The Office of the President of Ukraine believes that the first official conversation between new US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin is ideal for Ukraine’s interests, and the US administration has returned to the global agenda with traditional values, Mykhailo Podoliak, an advisor to the head of the President’s Office, told journalists.

“The new President of the United States immediately became actively involved in the global order. In my opinion, the phone conversation between Biden and Putin is a sign of a key priority of the new administration, a kind of signal that we are returning to the world order with traditional values and traditional harshness towards those who break the rules,” Podoliak said.

He added that the formal reason for the conversation concerned the topic of strategic disarmament, but its content was much broader and seemed “ideal for the interests of Ukraine.”

“Joe Biden not only reaffirmed the key position on US unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity but also raised the issue of supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty in fact in the first place – in the context of well-known threats and risks from Russia against the rules and values of the civilised world,” the advisor to the head of the President’s Office stressed.

He expressed belief that Russia has only one chance for “at least some minimally normal relations with America and the civilised world,” namely a complete cessation of its aggressive policy.

And the first point in this matter is the cessation of aggression against Ukraine and the return of all territories currently occupied by Russia. According to Podoliak, Biden emphasised this very “clearly, objectively and systematically.”

As a reminder, on 26 January, newly elected US President Joe Biden had his first phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House said that the American leader stated during the conversation that he was firmly committed to supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Bohdan Marusyak

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