US President Joe Biden will hold telephone talks with nine Eastern European countries that are members of NATO on Thursday.
He will discuss with the leaders of those countries his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. The White House reported this on Wednesday.
Biden will also heed their advice on the current security situation. The conversation with the leaders of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia will follow Biden’s telephone conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine. Zelensky seeks support from the US because he fears a Russian invasion.
Biden and Putin had a two-hour video conference on Tuesday evening. Biden warned Putin that there would be consequences if Ukraine’s crisis escalates. On the other hand, the Russian president asked for guarantees that NATO would not expand eastwards.