The United States intensifies diplomacy on Ukraine amid increasing alarm
Earlier this week, Washington intensified its diplomatic efforts in response to an escalating threat of Russian invasion in Ukraine. On Friday, President Biden will meet with European leaders.
On Friday morning, Biden will hold a phone call with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Britain, the European Union, and NATO, the White House announced.
It has been reported that the Biden administration believes that if Russia wants a diplomatic solution, Washington and its European allies will enact harsh punishments. According to Biden, a Russian invasion is possible within a few days.
According to the United States ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Russia is building up 190,000 soldiers threatening Ukraine.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris attended the Munich Security Conference on Friday and met NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, expressing concern over the state of affairs in the region and vowing to stay in close contact with NATO and U.S. allies.
The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will also speak at the conference on Friday, a day after he warned that Russia would attack Ukraine within days in an unexpected speech to the United Nations Security Council.
18 Feb 2022