United States President Joe Biden. EFE / EPA / Yuri Gripas / Pool
Washington, Dec 10 (EFE) .- The president of the United States, Joe Biden, addressed the mobilization of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine in his first telephone conversation with Olaf Scholz since he became the new chancellor of Germany.
The White House reported in a statement the phone call between the two leaders, who discussed how to work together on a “wide range of global challenges,” including “the escalation of Russian forces surrounding Ukraine.”
They also discussed their “continued efforts” to end the covid-19 pandemic and how to counter the “threat” posed by climate change.
This is the first phone call between the two leaders since Scholz took office as the new chancellor on December 8.
In the call, Biden took the opportunity to congratulate him on his appointment and the formation of a coalition with the Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals.
Likewise, the US president reaffirmed his support for a “robust” relationship between Washington and Berlin and expressed his desire to “further strengthen this cooperative transatlantic relationship in the coming years.”
Washington and Kiev believe that Russia is preparing an incursion into Ukrainian territory that could take place in early 2022, and that therefore it has deployed between 70,000 and 94,000 Russian soldiers on its border with the neighboring country, according to estimates by US and Ukrainian intelligence. .
Scholz, who was in Paris this Friday, has reaffirmed the need to guarantee the inviolability of the Ukrainian border in the face of the threat of a Russian invasion.
Angela Merkel’s successor, chancellor between 2005 and 2021, has also opted to continue negotiations in the so-called “Normandy format”, in which Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany try to find a way out of the crisis in eastern Europe. Ukraine, controlled by pro-Russian separatists.