In the midst of massive tensions in the Ukraine-Russia crisis, American President Joe Biden wants to consult with allies on how to proceed.

Topics of the phone switch this Friday afternoon should include the increase in Russian troops on the border with Ukraine and other diplomatic efforts, the White House said.

In addition to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, leading politicians from Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Poland and Romania are to take part in the talks, Trudeau's office announced on Thursday evening.

The European Union and NATO are also represented.

Meanwhile, it was announced that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken plans to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov next week - as long as Russia does not invade Ukraine.

Blinken suggested meeting Lavrov “in Europe next week.

The Russians have responded with suggested dates for late next week, which we accepted on condition that there is no Russian invasion of Ukraine," State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday night.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) has also confirmed her willingness to engage in diplomacy.

She wants to use the deliberations of the Western allies in the context of the Munich Security Conference to signal a willingness to engage in dialogue in the Ukraine conflict.

The message must be: "We are ready for a serious dialogue about security for everyone," said Baerbock before leaving for Munich on Friday morning. 

With the "unprecedented deployment of troops on the border with Ukraine and demands from the Cold War", Russia has called the "basic principles of the European peace order into question".

She wants to discuss with the allies "how we can counter the logic of threats of violence and military escalation with a logic of dialogue". 

She regretted that there would be no talks with Russian representatives in Munich.

Baerbock called on Russia to take "serious steps towards de-escalation: declarations of willingness to talk must be backed up by real offers of talks, declarations of troop withdrawals must be backed up by verifiable troop withdrawals".

The 58th Munich Security Conference begins on Friday.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), American Vice President Kamala Harris and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg have announced their attendance.

Among other things, Baerbock will meet American Secretary of State Antony Blinken and discuss the tensions with Russia with the G7 foreign ministers on the fringes of the conference.

Russia had massed more than 100,000 soldiers on the border with Ukraine in the past few months.

The United States has repeatedly warned that Russia could invade the neighboring country in the coming days.

Russia rejects this and for its part states that it feels threatened by NATO.

The United States has dismissed Russian announcements of partial withdrawals as "false," instead accusing Moscow of further increasing forces at the border.

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