W. House: Biden to hold call with transatlantic leaders on Ukraine
Biden’s phone call with transatlantic leaders comes as the situation at the Ukraine-Russia border escalates.
The White House said in a press release that US President Joe Biden will hold a phone call with a number of allies, including the leaders of Germany and France, as well as NATO and EU chiefs, to discuss the situation in Ukraine and tensions with Russia.
"At 11 a.m., President Biden will hold a call with Transatlantic leaders today to discuss our shared concerns about Russia’s continued buildup of military forces around Ukraine and continued coordination on both diplomacy and deterrence," the release stressed.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will join Biden on the call, according to the release.
It is worth mentioning that the West has been accusing Russia of preparing to invade Ukraine and amassing over 100,000 soldiers on their common border, as the United States is increasingly militarizing Eastern Europe, under the pretext that Russia is preparing for military operations in Ukraine.
Alongside the accusations, the West has been threatening Russia with "severe consequences" if it invades, though Macron was the first major Western leader to meet with Putin since the crisis started in December.
Russia repeatedly denied the western accusations while maintaining its right to defend its security.