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Macron: Ukraine war ‘first topic of discussion’

Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron have been previewing what’s going to be on the agenda at their meeting today. The leaders were sat in armchairs before a roaring log fire in the Oval Office at the White House, mulling the “close coordination” between the countries, as the French president describes it.

Macron says Russia’s war in Ukraine will be “the first topic of discussion”.

Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden preview their meeting in the Oval Office. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

There’s a little confusion about the timings. It had originally been thought the two presidents would host a press conference at 11.45am ET after their talks, but the fireside chat now, ahead of the meeting, would seem to suggest that will likely be taking place much later than first scheduled.

Biden previewed the discussions:

We are a real inflection point. Things are changing rapidly, really rapidly. And it’s really important that we stay in…

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This article was written by Richard Luscombe and originally published on