DrThe USA, Germany, France and Great Britain once again called on Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine immediately. United States President Joe Biden, Adviser Olaf SchulzIn a video link, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed that “the protection of the civilian population must be the highest priority and that Russia remains called to immediately end its illegal attack on Ukraine and completely withdraw its forces.” German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreet said Monday in Berlin.
After deliberations at a digital SPD event, Schulze said the “unacceptable aggression” against Ukraine “must be rejected with all options available to us.” At the same time, he made it clear that he is counting on punitive measures taken against Russia that will have an effect. “Now we have to hope that our clear stance, that our sanctions (…) will make an impression, and that this will open up a little room for diplomatic efforts.” Every day, every hour counts. We must prevent the bloodshed from continuing.”
Hepstreet said the Russian attack had caused tragic human suffering in Ukraine and no one or anyone could justify it. The four heads of state and government also discussed more options for humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. They agreed that any diplomatic effort to resolve the crisis deserved support.