Biden discusses NATO's readiness to defend against Russian aggression with Bucharest Nine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The United States, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania discussed the need for a united NATO position on the collective defense of Allies
11:23, 10 December 2021

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President Joseph Biden on phone on December 9 discussed Russia's threat with the leaders of the Bucharest Nine, which is NATO's eastern flank. This was reported by the press service of the White House.

"President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with the Bucharest Nine (B9) group of our eastern flank NATO Allies to underscore the United States’ commitment to Transatlantic security and our sacred commitment to NATO’s Article 5. The leaders discussed Russia’s destabilizing military buildup along Ukraine’s border and the need for a united, ready, and resolute NATO stance for the collective defense of Allies," the message reads.

Joining the call were the following leaders: Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis, Estonian President Alar Karis, Hungarian President Janos Ader, Latvian President Egils Levits, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda
Polish President Andrzej Duda, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Slovakia Prime Minister Eduard Heger.

President Biden stressed the U.S. commitment to continued close consultation and coordination with all our Transatlantic Allies and partners as we work towards de-escalation of the current crisis through deterrence, defense, and dialogue.

Related: Blinken, NATO Secretary General discuss options for responding to Russia's aggression

Earlier, the talks between the Presidents of Ukraine and the United States Volodymyr Zelensky and Joe Biden took place. They lasted 1.5 hours.

As it was reported, the December 7 talks over a video call between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin lasted over two hours instead of the planned one. The summit's agenda included bilateral relations, strategic stability, as well as the situation in Ukraine and NATO expansion. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky assesses that conversation positively.

Related: NATO Military Committee held emergency meeting to discuss situation around Ukraine

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