French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin held another hour-long telephone conversation on Sunday evening about the situation in Ukraine. The French government says this is their second meeting after the two leaders spoke for about two hours on Sunday in an effort to prevent an armed conflict in Ukraine.
Shortly before his first meeting with Putin, Macron spent half an hour on the phone with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zhelensky discussing possible ways to mitigate the immediate expansion.
On Sunday, Macron spoke with Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky. According to the French Elysee, US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov will prepare for the summit during the February 24 meeting.
The French government and the White House insist that the summit, which has not yet been scheduled, will only take place if Russia does not occupy Ukraine in the preceding period. The U.S. government responded Monday morning by saying that if Russia chose to go to war, the United States would be ready to take more immediate and drastic action. The White House says Biden will use the G7 summit’s virtual summit on Thursday to discuss the situation in Russia and Ukraine.
In addition to the Putin-Biden summit, Macron has proposed a summit with the leaders of all the countries involved in the Ukraine crisis.