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Berlin. The leaders of the United States and several European countries, including Germany, affirmed their “unreserved” support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and warned Russia of “serious consequences” in the event of an invasion of that country, they do so after having shown cracks.

The participants “agreed that Russia must undertake visible de-escalation initiatives” in this conflict, said the spokesman for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, after the videoconference in which he participated with the leaders of the United States, France, Great Britain, Italy and Poland.

The celebration of this videoconference had been announced a little earlier in the day by the White House, when some differences seemed to arise in the Western field about the attitude to adopt towards Russia.

This especially concerns Germany, which is heavily criticized by Ukraine for its refusal to supply it with weapons, even defensive ones, as the United States, Great Britain or the Baltic countries do.

But also to the European Union whose High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, called to avoid a “nervous breakdown” regarding the eviction of relatives of diplomats in Kiev, announced by the United States on Sunday.

Asked at the end of a meeting of foreign ministers about the possible withdrawal of European diplomatic personnel in Ukraine, Borrell said that “it is necessary to remain calm and do what is necessary, but avoiding a nervous breakdown.”

Europeans were caught off guard on Sunday by the American decision.

Arriving at the meeting of foreign ministers, Borrell had said that the European capitals were not planning to withdraw diplomatic personnel from Ukraine “because we do not know of any specific reason” and added that it was not necessary “to dramatize because negotiations are underway.”

They accuse Russia

In the video conference of Western leaders, in which the NATO Secretary General participated, they expressed “great concern” about the concentration of Russian troops on the eastern border of Ukraine and accused Russia of causing the “current tensions”, according to the German statement.

But they considered that “the issue of security and stability in Europe could be resolved through negotiation.”

They also “reiterated that they are willing to continue diplomatic efforts in this direction”, which began in January with several meetings between Western and Russian officials, without success so far.

President Joe Biden assured that there is “total unanimity with European leaders.”




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