Biden speaks with key Europe allies regarding ongoing Ukraine-Russia crisis

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, March 18, 2022, in Washington. Biden quietly dispatched a team to NATO headquarters in Belgium just days before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. What emerged from the meetings was an export ban and the groundwork to immobilize about half the foreign holdings of Russia's central bank. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

FILE – President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, March 18, 2022, in Washington. Biden quietly dispatched a team to NATO headquarters in Belgium just days before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. What emerged from the meetings was an export ban and the groundwork to immobilize about half the foreign holdings of Russia’s central bank. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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Joe Biden spoke with a number of European leaders on the phone to address latest developments in the Ukrainian conflict.

According to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, the U.S, President spoke with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany on Monday. The leaders discussed ways to further prop up the Ukrainian government as it struggles to accept Russia’s peace offers.

“They discussed their serious concerns about Russia’s brutal tactics in Ukraine, including its attacks on civilians,” Psaki explained. “They underscored their continued support for Ukraine, including by providing security assistance to the brave Ukrainians who are defending their country from Russian aggression and humanitarian assistance to the millions of Ukrainians who have fled the violence. They also reviewed recent diplomatic efforts in support of Ukraine’s effort to reach a cease fire.”

The White House Press Secretary noted that talks with EU leaders will continue.

“It may have been last week they talked about doing this on a regular basis,” she continued. “Not necessarily because there is a big deliverable out of it, but just to keep an open line of communication.”

Biden is planning to travel to Europe later this week to discuss the economic and security fallout of his foreign policies.

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