- Accepts French President Emanuel Macron’s proposal for a summit, but will meet Putin only if Russia does not invade Ukraine
Washington: Amid the ongoing, and escalating, tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the United States President Joe Biden has ‘in principle’ agreed to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin if the latter does not invade Ukraine.
The proposal for the summit was placed before him by French President Emanuel Macron.
Macron has announced that both Biden and Putin have accepted in principle to hold a summit, which can happen only if Russia does not invade its neighbour and former Soviet country, as per news agency AFP.
In a statement, the White House said that Biden and Macron “discussed ongoing diplomacy and deterrence efforts in response to Russia’s military buildup on the borders of Ukraine”.
Meanwhile, reports state that Russia will extend the military drills in Belarus which were scheduled to end on Sunday. This has once again raised fears of a Russian invasion on its neighbour.
Separate reports suggest that US has intelligence that Russian commanders have received orders to proceed for an invasion.
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