US President Joe Biden talks with leaders of Germany, France, Great Britain and Italy about the situation around Ukraine. The White House says the US leader has called for a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Ukraine. “Leaders called on Russia to defuse tensions,” the statement said. The talks were part of Biden’s consultations with European allies ahead of a virtual summit with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
US President Joe Biden discussed the situation around Ukraine with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“The leaders discussed general concerns about the deployment of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine and Russia’s increasingly rhetorical rhetoric,” the White House statement said. “They called on Russia to defuse tensions and agreed that diplomacy, especially in the form of Normandy, was the only way to resolve the conflict in the Donbass by implementing the Minsk Accords,” it said. Washington added that all leaders reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and pledged further consultations and coordination with NATO and EU allies.
A spokesman for the British prime minister said the leaders had stressed the need to create a united front in the face of Russian threats and hostility. “The leaders called on Russia to defuse tensions and reaffirm their firm support for Ukraine’s regional unity,” he said.
The five leaders’ dialogue was part of Biden’s consultation with European allies He held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
Zhelensky spoke to Blingen. “Nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine”
Earlier, US diplomat Anthony Blinken spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, urging him to “agree with the leader on the need for a peaceful diplomatic solution to the conflict in Donbass and the full restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty over its borders, including Crimea.”
Gelensky took to Twitter to acknowledge the position of the United States and Ukraine before the Biden-Putin talks and to thank the United States for its support. “There is nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine,” he added.
A spokesman for the Biden administration announced that the US president would also hold talks with Zhelensky in the coming days. Contrary to Moscow’s demands, he suggested that the United States not accept Russia’s “red lines” and that Ukraine not change its policy on joining NATO.
CIA Director: I do not underestimate Putin’s risk appetite
CIA Director William Burns said on Monday that although Putin’s intentions were not clear, he would never underestimate the Russian president’s “appetite for danger.” “We know the Russian military is putting the Russian security forces where they can most decisively,” Burns told a Wall Street Journal.
Russia’s troop presence near the border with Ukraine raises serious concerns in both Ukraine and the West that Russia could launch an armed invasion. The issue of Russian threats is to be raised during Biden’s video conversation with Putin. This will probably be one of the key topics of talks during the G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting, which begins in Liverpool on Friday.
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