U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have “in precept” agreed to carry a bilateral summit adopted by a gathering with all related events on the safety state of affairs in Europe, after each leaders spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday, the Elysée mentioned.
However the assembly “can solely be held on the situation that Russia doesn’t invade Ukraine,” the Elysée mentioned in its readout of the calls.
Macron spoke with Putin twice on Sunday, thefor an hour and 40 minutes and the second for an hour, as Western leaders try to de-escalate the disaster sparked by the deployment of greater than 100,000 Russian troops close to Ukraine’s borders. Macron’s second name with Putin got here after the French president spoke with Biden for round quarter-hour.
In its readout, the Elysée mentioned Macron had proposed the summit between Biden and Putin, after which with all events, “to debate safety and strategic stability in Europe,” with Biden and Putin having “each accepted the precept of such a summit.”
The summit could be ready by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russia’s International Minister Sergey Lavrov throughout a gathering scheduled for this Thursday, February 24. The Elysée added Macron “will work with all stakeholders to organize the content material of those discussions.”
White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned in a press release that “Secretary Blinken and International Minister Lavrov are scheduled to satisfy later this week in Europe, offered Russia doesn’t proceed with army motion. President Biden accepted in precept a gathering with President Putin following that engagement, once more, if an invasion hasn’t occurred.”
She added: “We’re all the time prepared for diplomacy. We’re additionally able to impose swift and extreme penalties ought to Russia as an alternative select conflict. And at the moment, Russia seems to be persevering with preparations for a full-scale assault on Ukraine very quickly.”
The Kremlin didn’t instantly publish its personal readout of the second name or affirm Putin had agreed to the summit.
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