PARIS — President Biden and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia have “accepted the precept” of a summit assembly to be held a while after Thursday, the French presidency mentioned in an announcement on Monday.
The assembly, “to be held on the situation that Russia doesn’t invade Ukraine,” would tackle “safety and strategic stability in Europe.” The groundwork for a summit can be ready in a deliberate assembly on Thursday between Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian overseas minister, the assertion mentioned. Mr. Lavrov confirmed his willingness to attend that assembly.
The French assertion supplied hope that Mr. Putin has determined towards an invasion, at the very least for now. Nonetheless, U.S. officers are removed from sure that Thursday’s assembly between the nations’ prime diplomats will occur.
Mr. Biden mentioned on Friday that Russian forces meant to assault Ukraine inside days, and that U.S. officers believed the goal can be the capital, Kyiv, a metropolis of two.8 million folks.
President Emmanuel Macron of France has been persistently extra cautious on the potential for an invasion and has pressed for dialogue with Russia, which Mr. Macron views as a European energy that must be built-in into a brand new safety association for the continent that displays the Chilly Conflict’s finish.
The settlement on the precept of a gathering adopted two calls by Mr. Macron to Mr. Putin on Sunday, and one to Mr. Biden. Mr. Macron has been the chief European interlocutor with Mr. Putin, having begun a dialogue with him in 2019, the identical yr the French chief alarmed allies by saying NATO was affected by a “mind dying.”
Officers near Mr. Macron mentioned he had labored to get the American and Russian leaders to agree on the precept of holding a gathering, and that the settlement indicated they each believed in the potential for a diplomatic resolution to the disaster precipitated by the buildup of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border. However the officers mentioned that the scope and the content material of the assembly nonetheless wanted to be labored out.
Mr. Macron faces a presidential election on April 10 for which he has not but formally declared himself a candidate, selecting to dedicate himself to shuttle diplomacy in the Ukraine crisis — an endeavor that appears sure to reinforce his stature if he is ready to avert battle.