Biden Has ‘Great Meeting’ With European Leaders

U.S. President Joe Biden held a call with European leaders as western nations worked to strike a unified position on Russia. 

“I had a very, very, very good meeting. Total unanimity with all the European leaders,” Biden said at the White House. 

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said it would boost its deployments in eastern Europe in a bid to deter a new Russian invasion in Ukraine as the Pentagon announced it put about 8,500 troops on heightened alert. 

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied any plans to attack Ukraine.

Biden and his top European allies projected unity following an 80-minute call that U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office said the discussion focused on “the need to take all steps within our power” to prevent Russian aggression. 

A spokesman for Germany’s Scholz said the leaders “shared the view that it was up to Russia to take visible steps of de-escalation” while agreeing to continue diplomatic efforts. 

Participants in Biden’s call included Johnson and Scholz, France’s Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Polish President Andrzej Duda, President of the European Council Charles Michel, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. 

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