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Russia-Ukraine war live: Putin’s nuclear war threats ‘unacceptable’ say quad ministers; Biden and Scholz to meet

Foreign ministers of India, Australia, Japan and the United States denounce Russia’s nuclear threat; German chancellor makes first Washington trip since before invasion

A major topic of today’s meeting between Scholz and Biden will be the push to deliver fresh western support to Ukrainian forces, which are bracing for new Russian offensive in coming weeks, officials said. Washington is due to announce a new $400m military aid package for the Kyiv government on the day of Scholz’s visit, officials said.

His first trip to Washington since just before the invasion comes days after Biden’s security adviser, Jake Sullivan, told ABC that Biden overrode his military’s advice and agreed to send Abrams tanks to Ukraine because Scholz made it a pre-condition for sending German Leopards. Berlin says Biden came to see it was necessary and the decision was consensual.

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