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Scholz, Biden agree to not acknowledge Russian territorial gains

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during a news conference with Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti in Berlin, Germany May 4, 2022. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed in a call on Thursday they would not recognize any Russian territorial gains in Ukraine, a German government spokesperson said in a statement.

The two leaders also denounced "recent comments of the Russian leadership seeking to discredit the democratically legitimized Ukrainian leadership," the spokesperson said.

"They agreed that Ukraine needed to be further substantially and continuously supported in the practice of its legitimate right to self defence," the spokesperson added.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on economic growth, jobs, and deficit reduction in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 4, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

(Reporting by Hans-Edzard Busemann; Writing by Sarah Marsh; Editing by Frances Kerry)