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Ukraine Invasion: Biden And Johnson Work Towards Diplomatic Agreement

The and UK leaders have said not all hope is lost for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis, but warn that the situation remains fragile.

In a 40-minute call, Joe Biden and Boris Johnson agreed a deal was still possible despite a chorus of warnings of imminent Russian military action.

Russia has always denied plans to invade Ukraine, despite massing more than 100,000 troops on the border.

On Monday its foreign minister said diplomacy was “far from exhausted”.

More than a dozen nations have urged their citizens to leave Ukraine, and the has said aerial bombardments could begin “at any time”.

But in their conversation, US and UK PM Boris Johnson said there remained a “crucial window” for diplomacy, according to a Downing Street statement.

“The Prime Minister and updated one another on their recent discussions with fellow world leaders,” it said.

“They agreed there remained a crucial window for diplomacy and for Russia to step back from its threats towards Ukraine.

“The leaders emphasised that any further incursion into Ukraine would result in a protracted crisis for Russia, with far-reaching damage for both Russia and the world,” the statement added.

Mr Johnson is expected to hold a Cobra meeting on Tuesday to discuss the UK’s response to the pressures.

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