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Biden holds call with European leaders to talk Russia

Added 12-06-21 07:57:02pm EST - “President Biden held a call with the leaders of France, the U.K., Italy and Germany on Monday afternoon about Russia's buildup of troops on? its border with Ukraine, the White House said, an engagement that came on the evening of?…” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Biden holds call with European leaders to talk Russia”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President BidenJoe BidenChina eyes military base on Africa's Atlantic coast: report Biden orders flags be flown at half-staff through Dec. 9 to honor Dole Biden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package MORE held a call with the leaders of France, the U.K., Italy and Germany on Monday afternoon about Russia’s buildup of troops on its border with Ukraine, the White House said, an engagement that came on the evening of a crucial Biden call with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinUkraine rejects claims that it violated Belarus air space Ernst on Russian buildup on Ukraine border: 'We must prepare for the worst' Biden cannot allow his domestic fumbles to transfer to the world stage MORE.

"The leaders discussed their shared concern about the Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s borders and Russia’s increasingly harsh rhetoric,” the White House said in a readout of the call among Biden, French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronMacron becomes first major Western leader to go to Saudi Arabia since Khashoggi killing Justice for Josephine Baker means restoring her US nationality Far-right commentator joins presidential race in France MORE, British Prime Minister Boris JohnsonBoris JohnsonUK cracks down on travel as omicron concerns rise British minister warns against 'snogging under the mistletoe' this year The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron MORE, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"They called on Russia to de-escalate tensions and agreed that diplomacy, especially through the Normandy Format, is the only way forward to resolve the conflict in Donbas through the implementation of the Minsk Agreements,” the readout continued.

The call was meant to demonstrate solidarity between the U.S. and its European allies ahead of the one with Putin, which is expected to focus on the escalating Russian aggression near Ukraine.

Russia has amassed tens of thousands of troops on the border with its western neighbor, raising concerns in the U.S. and Europe about the possibility of a Russian military invasion. Current and former officials have compared Russia’s recent behavior to its activity in the lead up to the 2014 invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow continues to occupy to this day despite international condemnation.

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