Biden Hosts German Chancellor, French President Travels to Moscow for Ukraine Talks
Headline Roundup February 7th, 2022
World leaders held more in-person talks on the Ukraine crisis Monday amid a Russian military build-up along the Ukrainian border.
French President Emmanuel Macron traveled to Moscow to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz flew to Washington, D.C. to strategize with President Joe Biden; voices across the spectrum have addressed Germany's reluctance to offer military support in the crisis. U.S. intelligence suggests that Putin has assembled 70% of the military personnel and weapons needed for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine along the border. Russia remains adamant that it doesn't intend to invade, and Putin has criticized the U.S. and other NATO countries for purportedly ignoring Russian security concerns and demands pertaining to Ukraine.
Sources across the spectrum highlighted Monday's meeting between Biden and Scholz in the context of ongoing questions about Germany's role in the crisis and its dependence on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a planned project to transmit Russian natural gas under the Baltic Sea to Germany. Some reports from left-rated outlets framed Macron's meeting with Putin as productive; some coverage from right-rated outlets framed Putin as uninterested in a solution.
French President Emmanuel Macron told a French newspaper on Sunday that he hopes for a “historic solution” to the Ukraine–Russia crisis as he heads to Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but a Kremlin spokesperson sought to temper expectations, saying no big breakthrough is expected.
Macron told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that he believes Putin is open to talks on defusing tensions that have been ratcheted up in recent weeks as Western leaders have expressed concerns that a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine’s border is setting the stage for an invasion.
As the standoff between Russia and the West enters a potentially decisive phase, President Joe Biden meets Monday at the White House with Germany's new chancellor, whose willingness to confront Moscow alongside the United States has been called into question.
Olaf Scholz took office in December, succeeding a towering figure in global politics -- Angela Merkel -- whose absence during the current crisis is being felt on both sides of the Atlantic.
Scholz arrives in Washington as Russian President Vladimir Putin has assembled 70% of the military personnel and weapons on Ukraine's borders he would need for a full-scale...
International efforts to defuse the standoff over Ukraine intensified Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron holding talks in Moscow and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Washington to coordinate policies as fears of a Russian invasion mounted.
The buildup of an estimated 100,000 Russian troops near Ukraine has fueled Western worries of a possible offensive. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan warned Sunday that Russia could invade Ukraine “any day,” triggering a conflict that would come at an “enormous human cost.”
Russia has denied any plans to attack its neighbor but demands...