Joe Biden and Angela Merkel discussed the accumulation of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine and in Crimea.
US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday called on Russia to withdraw troops from the border with Ukraine to de-escalate the region’s situation, Reuters reported, citing a German government official.
The United States and NATO allies are alarmed by the accumulation of Russian troops near the Ukraine border and in the Ukrainian Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014.
On Wednesday, Russia and Ukraine simultaneously held military exercises, while the foreign and defense ministers of NATO countries began an urgent discussion of the situation with the accumulation of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine.
In a telephone conversation, Merkel and Biden discussed the latest developments in eastern Ukraine and urged Russia to avoid further escalation.
“The Chancellor and the president agreed that Russia should reduce the recent troop resupply to reduce the escalation,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said earlier that Biden spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to warn the Kremlin about the possible consequences of aggressive actions. Two US warships are due to arrive in the Black Sea later this week.