February 10, Thursday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone with his US counterpart Joe Biden on Wednesday to brief him on his recent visits to Russia and Ukraine. Macron and Biden reportedly affirmed that France will continue dialogue using a four-way framework with Russia, Ukraine and Germany, in order to achieve a breakthrough in the Ukraine crisis.
2.Several vessels carrying liquefied natural gas from Japan are expected to arrive in Europe next month. This comes as Europe could face a natural gas shortage amid the tensions over Ukraine. Russia may cut gas supplies to Europe if tensions with the West rise further over Ukraine. Japan’s Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hagiuda Koichi told EU Ambassador to Japan Patricia Flor and US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel that Japan will provide Europe with part of its LNG at the request of the United States.
3.US superstar Nathan Chen has won the Olympic gold in men’s figure skating. Japanese skaters made up the rest of the podium but two-time defending champion Hanyu Yuzuru missed out on a medal with a fourth-place finish.