Eastern and central European nations urge Nato unity in Biden-Russia talks

Concern among officials about US reaching ‘accommodation’ with Putin over Ukraine

Joe Biden’s announcement that a group of Nato countries will hold talks with Moscow has caused concern on the alliance’s eastern flank, where members close to Russia have long insisted that any agreements about European security must not be negotiated over their heads.

Officials in Poland and other eastern and central Nato countries have privately bristled at Biden’s description of seeking an “accommodation” with Russia, worrying that any trade-off could increase the danger they face from an expansionist Russia.

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