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Newsline: U.S. and Allies Speak By Phone Friday in a Flurry of Diplomacy

Western leaders hold a joint call on Friday on Russia’s military buildup, according to statements from the U.S. and others confirming a Bloomberg report. Alongside the so-called NATO Quint group — U.S., Germany, France, Italy and the U.K. — the leaders of Poland, Romania, Canada and the EU take part. (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-mulls-way-recognize-donbas-074913835.html) The Quint group has convened numerous times in recent weeks at different levels to coordinate on talks with the Kremlin and discuss a potential package of sanctions in the event Russia attacked Ukraine. The call also follows a flurry of diplomacy this week including a visit to both Russia and Ukraine by French President Emmanuel Macron.

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