Biden huddling with European leaders on Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine
President Biden will meet virtually with European leaders on Monday afternoon to discuss the buildup of Russian troops at Ukraine’s border, as the U.S. reportedly prepares to send additional troops to the region.
The secure video call, set for 3 p.m., is “part of our close consultation and coordination with our Transatlantic Allies and partners in response to Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s borders,” the White House said in a statement.
The call will include European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Additionally, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and President Andrzej Duda of Poland will be on the call.
The call will take place in the Situation Room at the White House and will not be open to the press.
Biden has recently broadened out the options the U.S. could take to retaliate against Russian President Vladimir Putin should an invasion occur, including threatening to use sweeping export controls against key Russian industries.
At least 100,000 Russian troops are gathered near Ukraine’s border. Biden has threatened high economic costs on the Kremlin if troops cross the border, although he hasn’t directly endorsed sending troops to the region to deter an invasion. Instead, he said that an invasion of Ukraine could result in troops being sent to bolster NATO’s defenses.
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