US has little faith in Hollande-Merkel trip to Russia
US vice president Joe Biden has indicated he has little faith that France and Germany can persuade Russia to halt its offensive in Ukraine.
“[Russian] president Putin continues to call for new peace plans as his troops roll through the Ukrainian countryside and he absolutely ignores every agreement that his country has signed in the past and that he signed recently, including in Minsk”, Biden said in Brussels on Friday (6 February).
He said Ukraine is “fighting for survival” against Russian “mercenaries and tanks and, as we say in the US, ‘little green men’ – soldiers without patches, which are sophisticated Russian special operations”.
“This is a moment in which the EU and US must stand together. Russia can’t be allowed to redraw the map of Europe – that’s exactly what they’re trying to do”.
Biden spoke alongside EU Council chief…
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