February 21, Monday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Mr. Yamaguchi Hiroaki

February 21, Monday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Mr. Yamaguchi Hiroaki

1.US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expressed concern about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia has decided to keep its forces in Belarus even after joint military drills end.
2.The French presidential office says the presidents of the United States and Russia have agreed in principle to hold a summit about the issue of Ukraine. The White House says that the meeting will only take place, if Russia does not invade Ukraine. French President Emmanuel Macron spoke separately with Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin by telephone on Sunday. The French presidential office says Macron proposed the idea of a summit to the leaders.
3.Australia has reopened to foreign tourists who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus after nearly two years of border closures. Australia started accepting fully immunized visa holders from the rest of the world on Monday.