US President Joe Biden will have talks with the French, German, Italian and British leaderships before video calling Russian President Vladimir Putin about the troop build-up around Ukraine. Some claim that the situation hasn’t been this dangerous since 2016.
State leaders, NGO’s, politicians and think tanks. Many people are worried about the recent build-up of troops in Russia, looking like a possible invasion of Ukraine just waiting to happen. In attempt to douse the flames, US President Joe Biden is going to have a video meeting with Vladimir Putin, likely with the biggest powers in the EU backing Biden up.
At least, Biden have talked to the leaders of the UK, Germany, France and Italy about their growing concerns about the Russian troop amassing, reports Interfax-Ukraine.
“Today, President Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, and President Biden of the United States held a call,” the White House said in a statement on Monday.
“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 White House said.
As always, the US and allies likes to underscore their support for “Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Should an invasion happen, it is unsure whether or not the Western allies will intervene with military aid.
US and EU plans sanctions
According to Politico, the United States and their European allies have already planned and coordinated a package of financial sanctions to roll out, if Putin further escalates the situation and attacks Ukraine.
“We have had intensive discussions with our European partners about what we would do collectively in the event of a major Russian military escalation in Ukraine, and we believe that we have a path forward that would involve substantial economic countermeasures by both the Europeans and the United States,” a senior Biden administration official said, according to Politico.
The Biden Administration has not officially said anything about a new package of sanctions being prepared. Meanwhile, the Canadians have gotten cold feet on some of their involvement in the crisis. At least they have dropped plans to send military instructors to Ukraine, not to provoke Russia.
As Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff Wayne Eyre told the Globe and Mail according to the Kyiv Independent.
“In a case like this, diplomacy has to lead,” said Eyre. “We’ve got to be very careful.”