Boris Johnson and Joe Biden insist war in Ukraine can be avoided
BOris Johnson, the Prime Minister, and US President Joe Biden agreed on a call today that a “crucial window for diplomacy” remained open on the crisis in Ukraine, Downing Street said.
“Leaders have stressed that any further incursion into Ukraine will result in a protracted crisis for Russia, with massive damage for both Russia and the world,” a Downing Street spokesman added of the call between transatlantic allies.
The two leaders also stressed that diplomatic discussions with Russia remain “the first priority”, and welcomed the talks that have already taken place between Russia and NATO allies, according to the spokesperson.
Earlier in the day, Mr Johnson urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to step back from the “edge of a precipice”, calling the situation “very, very dangerous” when speaking to reporters at a visit to Scotland.
However, the Kremlin signaled today that it is willing to keep the dialogue open.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the talks “cannot go on forever, but I would suggest continuing and expanding them at this stage.”
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also announced the end of some of Moscow’s massive military drills in Russia and Belarus, although more are underway.
Meanwhile, Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, said Wednesday, the day US intelligence thinks a Russian invasion might happen, will be a day of national unity.