Biden agrees in precept to Putin assembly if Russia does not invade Ukraine, U.S. says


President Biden is prepared to satisfy Russian President Vladimir Putin later this week if the Kremlin doesn’t assault Ukraine earlier than then, the White Home stated late Sunday.

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In an announcement, White Home press secretary Jen Psaki stated the 2 leaders have agreed to a high-stakes discuss “in precept,” however solely “if an invasion hasn’t occurred.”

“We’re at all times prepared for diplomacy. We’re additionally able to impose swift and extreme penalties ought to Russia as an alternative select conflict,” Ms. Psaki stated. “And at present, Russia seems to be persevering with preparations for a full-scale assault on Ukraine very quickly.”

The assembly would happen after Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, convene in Europe on Thursday, Ms. Psaki stated.

Information of a possible assembly between Mr. Biden and Mr. Putin comes after each leaders spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday.

Mr. Macron spoke with Mr. Putin twice on Sunday and later with Mr. Biden.

World leaders are nonetheless scrambling to discover a diplomatic resolution to the Ukraine disaster as Russia continues to amass troops and conduct army workouts alongside Ukraine’s borders.

About 150,000 Russian troops have lined up in opposition to Ukraine’s borders, however final week a U.S. official stated that quantity could possibly be as excessive as 190,000.

Ukraine, in response to experiences Sunday by ABC and CBS, which cited nameless U.S. intelligence sources. 


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