Biden holds talks with French President to discuss military buildup in Ukraine

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, held a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron as part of the Russian military build-up on the border with Ukraine.

“The two leaders reiterated their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and reviewed ongoing coordination in both diplomacy and preparations to impose quick and heavy economic costs on Russia in the event of an invasion of Ukraine,” he said in a statement shared with the White House.

Biden and Macron reportedly agreed to remain “in close contact” and in consultation with NATO allies and EU partners. In this sense, Paris assures that there is a “rapprochement” of the western parties involved to achieve de-escalation, although they indicated from the Elysee that there are certain actors who are more in “deterrence” than in discussion “.

Biden holds talks with French President to discuss military buildup in Ukraine
Biden holds talks with French President to discuss military buildup in Ukraine

According to a source close to Macron, quoted by Le Monde, they are pushing for dialogue from France and fear the situation will destabilize. In fact, the French President, who has spoken to the Russian President twice on the phone in the past seven days, believes he can play a mediating role.

Likewise, Macron has announced that he could travel to Russia very soon to meet with Vladimir Putin, saying that “he is not ruling out anything”, no initiative or travel. A phone call between the French President and his Russian counterpart is scheduled for this Thursday.

On the same Wednesday, US Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby confirmed to the media the repositioning of around 2,000 troops in Poland and Germany, while another thousand more will go to Romania.

For his part, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has indicated that Russian authorities are not ruling out a military operation by Ukraine in the near future to “snatch” the Crimean Peninsula, which the country annexed in 2014.

In addition, the Kremlin has signaled that Russia is “ready” to minimize the consequences of the new sanctions imposed by the United States. “We have plans to cover the risks to minimize the consequences of such unpredictable actions,” he said.

On the other hand, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday spoke on the phone with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to whom he criticized Ukraine for “chronic sabotage” of the Minsk agreements.

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