Russia expels diplomats from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, in retaliation for the earlier expulsions of Russian diplomats from these countries.
Russia sanctions U.S. President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, CIA Director William Burns, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in response to United States sanctions on Russian officials.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calls for Russian president Vladimir Putin to declare a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine. Putin tells Erdoğan that he is ready for dialogue in an effort to end the war but also warns that any attempt to draw out negotiations could fail. He also calls for Ukraine to cease fighting in order for the military campaign to end.
Poland and Lithuania join Ukraine in calling for stronger Western sanctions on Russia, with Polish President Andrzej Duda saying that "everything must be done" to prevent a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, and that he was "absolutely against any policy of concessions to Russia".
Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania announce that they will expel several Russian diplomats involved in espionage activities in solidarity with the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic had ordered most Russian diplomatic staff to leave Prague on Thursday and called on its European allies to do the same.
Amidst ongoing protests against Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus abruptly closes its borders with Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine, while leaving its border with Russia open. Lukashenko insists that the move is to restrict the spread of COVID-19.
The Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg says that the military alliance plans on sending four multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in order to boost their defense. However, Stoltenberg said that the battalions will only be deployed on a rotational basis instead of being based permanently.