Biden speaks with US allies about Ukraine support, White House says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with the leaders of allied countries, the European Union and the NATO military alliance on Tuesday about continuing coordinated support for Ukraine, the White House said.

The call included the leaders of Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Romania, Britain and France, as well as the heads of NATO, the European Commission and the European Council, the White House said in a statement.

The White House said it would release a readout of the call.

Biden convened the call amid concerns that support for Kyiv’s war effort against Russia was fading, especially in the United States where Congress excluded aid to Ukraine from an emergency bill to prevent a partial government shutdown.

Its omission from the U.S. spending bill sent pro-Kyiv officials in Washington scrambling to find the best way to secure approval for further assistance on top of the $113 billion in security, economic and humanitarian aid the U.S. has provided since Russia invaded in February 2022.

(Reporting by Jasper Ward in Washington and Ismail Shakil in Ottawa; editing by Rami Ayyub)