The German Chancellor is going to visit Moscow and Kyiv next week.

French President Emmanuel Macron told President Joe Biden about the talks held this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky. This was reported in the White House.

“They discussed President Macron’s recent meetings,” the statement said. “They also talked about the ongoing diplomatic efforts and deterrence initiatives being undertaken in close cooperation with our allies and partners in response to the ongoing build-up of Russian military power near the Ukrainian border.”

This week, Macron met with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to find a diplomatic way out of the crisis caused by the deployment of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border.

Following the talks in Moscow, both French and Russian officials issued statements expressing “cautious optimism,” although the Kremlin continues to build up forces on the sea and land borders with Ukraine.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who visited the White House on Monday, is due to travel to Ukraine and Russia next week. The White House has repeatedly stated that it is working to maintain a “united front” with the Europeans in the fight against the Russian threat.