President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed in a phone call Sunday “ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts” in response to Russia’s military buildup along Ukraine’s border, according to a White House statement.
Why it matters: Macron is due to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday and with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr in Kyiv a day later in an attempt to de-escalate tensions, per AFP.
Details: Biden and Macron also “affirmed their support” during their phone call for Ukraine’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity,” per the White House statement.
- “They agreed their teams will remain in touch and continue consulting with our Allies and partners, including Ukraine,” the White House added.
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