Macron speaks with US President Biden ahead of his trip to Moscow | world news

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron spoke again on Sunday with US President Joe Biden in a “logic of coordination” before his trip to Moscow on Monday, the French presidency and the White House said.

The 40-minute call allowed the two leaders to “share information on contacts made over the weekend” for proper coordination before the trip, the French presidency said.

Macron is due to visit Russia on Monday, which has massed troops near Ukraine, stoking Western fears of an invasion.

The White House said the two leaders discussed “ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts in response to Russia’s continued military buildup on Ukraine’s borders.”

Macron and Biden affirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and agreed that their teams will stay in touch and continue to consult with allies and partners, including Ukraine, he added. .

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Russia has denied plans to invade Ukraine, but has tens of thousands of troops near its neighbor’s borders, prompting the United States to order around 3,000 additional troops to reinforce the eastern flank of the NATO in Poland and Romania.

As Russia masses more than 100,000 troops near the border, Moscow has said it could take unspecified military action if its security demands are not met. These include a promise that NATO will never admit Ukraine, a request the United States and NATO have called unacceptable.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau and Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Chris Reese)

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