President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. today held a secure video call with transatlantic leaders. The leaders expressed concern over the continued buildup of Russian military forces around Ukraine and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They expressed their wish for a diplomatic solution to the crisis and discussed recent engagements with Russia in several formats. The leaders agreed on the importance of coordinated efforts to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine, including their willingness to impose massive consequences and severe economic costs on Russia should it choose military escalation, and to continue to strengthen the defensive posture on NATO’s eastern flank. They pledged to continue close consultations, including working with and through NATO, the EU, the OSCE and the UN.
Participants in the call included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Council Charles Michel, President Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. , President Andrzej Duda of Poland, President Klaus Iohannis of Romania and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom.