Ukraine: Biden to consult with Bucharest Nine today


Joe Biden will hold consultations today with the leaders of nine countries. NATO members on Ukraine.

Biden will hold a telephone conversation with “leaders of the Bucharest Group of Nine, which is made up of NATO’s eastern allies, to summarize their conversation with President Putin, to hear their views on the current security situation. “and to underline the United States’ commitment to transatlantic security,” the White House said in a statement issued Wednesday night.

The Bucharest Group of Nine includes Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

Tensions and diplomatic pressure are mounting as Washington and its allies accuse Moscow of gathering tens of thousands of troops on its border with Ukraine for an attack on the country.

Biden will speak to the nine leaders after a telephone conversation he also had today with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, who is seeking US help to repel what he says are threats of an invasion from Russia.

The telephone conversation between the American president and his Ukrainian counterpart will take place after the threat issued by the first to the Russian president for sanctions “as he has never seen before” in case of invasion of Ukraine.

“If it does invade Ukraine there will be economic consequences”

“I was very clear if it really invades Ukraine,” he said. leaders discussed the issue.

Although he has so far ruled out any military intervention in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, Biden also warned yesterday that a Russian attack on Ukraine would strengthen the US military presence in NATO member states in Eastern Europe.

Putin, for his part, defended Russia’s right to “protect its security,” saying it would be “criminal” to allow NATO to approach its borders without reacting.

During his conversation with Biden, Putin mainly called for “legal guarantees” that would prevent Ukraine from joining NATO.  

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