On Thursday, December 9, US President Joe Biden discussed with the leaders of the Bucharest Nine (B9) the increase of the Russian Federation’s troops on the border with Ukraine.

This was reported on the website of the White House.

“Leaders discussed the destabilizing build-up of Russia’s military along the border with Ukraine and the need for a unified, prepared and determined NATO position on the collective defense of allies,” the statement said.

It is noted that during talks with its NATO allies on the eastern flank, the United States emphasized its commitment to transatlantic security and Article 5 on collective defense.

“President Biden underlined his commitment to continuing close consultation and coordination with all our transatlantic allies and partners as we work to de-escalate the current crisis through deterrence, defense and dialogue,” the White House said.

The talks included Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, Czech Prime Minister Andriy Babis, Estonian President Alar Karis, Hungarian President Janos Ader, Latvian President Egils Levits, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, Polish President Andrzej Duda, and Romanian President Klaus Yoganni. and the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Eduard Geger.