Feb 7, 2022 - World

Biden and Macron discuss Ukraine crisis ahead of French president's Russia trip

 French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and US President Joe Biden (L) meet at the French Embassy to the Vatican in Rome on October 29.
President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron during an October meeting at the French Embassy in the Vatican. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed in a phone call Sunday "ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts" in response to Russia's military buildup along Ukraine's border, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Macron is due to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday and with Ukraine's President Volodymyr in Kyiv a day later in an attempt to de-escalate tensions, per AFP.

Details: Biden and Macron also "affirmed their support" during their phone call for Ukraine's "sovereignty and territorial integrity," per the White House statement.

  • "They agreed their teams will remain in touch and continue consulting with our Allies and partners, including Ukraine," the White House added.

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