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White House press secretary Jen Psaki says the Biden administration is still “leaving the door open to diplomacy,” as high-stakes diplomacy continues as European leaders try to reinvigorate stalled peace talks between Russia and Ukraine.
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In the background, Russia and NATO allies put on a show of resolve with fresh troop announcements and movements.
French President Emmanuel Macron briefed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on his meeting Monday with Russia’s leader and share details of what might be needed to avert an invasion. Macron then traveled to Berlin for talks with German and Polish leaders.
“We can’t control what Russia will do next,” Psaki told reporters. “What we can do and what I think President Macron played a role in doing yesterday is making clear with our allies and partners that there will be massive consequences should Putin choose to further invade Ukraine.”
Psaki also criticized the Republican National Committee’s position censuring two House GOP lawmakers investigating the violent insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.
The RNC resolution censuring Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois accused the House panel of leading a “persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse.”
“We certainly reject the notion that that was legitimate political discourse, as we think very a large number of Americans would as well,” Psaki said.
Psaki said the Biden administration has been in touch with federal officials about the ongoing trucker protests at the Canada-U.S. border.
She said the White House is in touch with “Canadian counterparts” about the protests, which have sporadically shut down or slowed traffic at key border crossing points.
At the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, protesters blocked traffic Monday before cars and trucks began moving today on a limited basis.
The bridge is considered the busiest international commercial land border crossing in North America.
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