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Biden, Scholz vow to work together

German chancellor visits White House for private meeting


WASHINGTON — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Western allies would support Ukraine for “as long as it takes” as he visited the White House on Friday for a private meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden.

The two leaders are huddling as the war enters a difficult next phase, with fresh concerns about softening political resolve behind maintainin­g billions of dollars in military assistance for Kyiv.

“This is a very, very important year because of the dangerous threat to peace that comes from Russia invading Ukraine,” Scholz said.

Both leaders said they would continue working “in lockstep,” and Biden thanked Scholz for helping to “maintain the pressure” on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

China wasn’t mentioned during their brief public remarks in the Oval Office, although the meeting comes as both countries have become increasing­ly vocal about concerns that Beijing may step off the sidelines and supply weapons to Russia.

Such a step could dramatical­ly change the war’s trajectory by allowing Moscow to replenish its depleted stockpiles.

China is Germany’s top trading partner, and European nations have generally been more cautious than the United States in taking a hard line with Beijing. However, there are signs that stance may be shifting as global rivalries grow more tense.

In a speech to the German parliament on Thursday, Scholz called on China to “use your influence in Moscow to press for the withdrawal of Russian troops, and do not supply weapons to the aggressor Russia.”

The U.S. and Germany have worked closely together to supply Ukraine with military and humanitari­an assistance. But there has also been friction over issues such as providing tanks, and Washington has occasional­ly grown frustrated with Berlin’s hesitance.

Maintainin­g a steady flow of weapons to Kyiv will be critical in the war’s second year, especially with both sides planning spring offensives.

“We’re proud of the collective efforts that we’ve taken together,” John Kirby, a White House national security spokesman, said.

He said the U.S. has not seen any indication that China has made a decision to provide weapons to Russia.

Scholz last visited the White House a little more than a year ago, shortly before Russia invaded Ukraine.


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