Ahead of the trip, Biden called on French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday to discuss with German Chancellor Olaf Scholes, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson “to discuss their concerted response to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine.” “According to the White House.
Since the opportunity for the NATO leaders’ summit was first announced two weeks ago, US and European officials have been discussing possible announcements that the leaders could make at the end of the meeting.
But key items that Ukraine wants, such as establishing a no-fly zone or providing Soviet-era warplanes with aircraft such as NATO assistance, will now appear off the table as the US and its allies seek to avoid direct confrontation with Russia. Earlier this month, the Pentagon said it was blatantly opposed to Poland’s plan to supply warplanes to Ukraine.
On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky said he was ready to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but warned that if any negotiations failed, it could lead to a “third world war.”
“If we have a 1% chance of stopping this war, I think we should use this opportunity. We have to do it. … We are losing people every day, innocent people on the ground.”
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