Meetings in Moscow, Washington Aim to Address Russia-Ukraine Crisis

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks to reporters during an overnight flight to Washington to meet with President Joe Biden, after departing from Berlin, Feb 6, 2022.

(VOA News) – The threat of conflict along the Russia-Ukraine border is at the top of the agenda for separate talks Monday in Moscow and Washington, with Russian President Vladimir Putin hosting French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Joe Biden welcoming German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the White House.

The White House said Biden and Macron spoke by telephone Sunday, discussing “ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts in response to Russia’s continued military build-up on Ukraine’s borders, and affirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Macron said last week his priority is “dialogue with Russia and de-escalation.” After meeting with Putin, he is due to travel on to Kyiv for talks with Ukrainian leaders on Tuesday.

The rounds of dialogue come as the United States warns a Russian invasion of Ukraine “could happen at any time,” according to U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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