During their telephone conversation, Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin agreed on “the need to favor a diplomatic solution to the current crisis and to do everything to achieve it”, indicated the French presidency. The heads of Russian and French diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov and Jean-Yves Le Drian, will speak by telephone on Monday.
The two leaders want to begin “intense work to enable a meeting of the trilateral contact group to be held in the coming hours with the objective of obtaining from all the stakeholders a commitment to a ceasefire on the line of contact, ”said the Elysée.
This contact group brings together Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) under the Minsk Agreements concluded in 2015 to try to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine between Kiev and the pro-Russian separatists.
In an attempt to stop the escalation at the borders of Ukraine, where Russia has massed 150,000 men on its territory and in Belarus, according to Westerners, “intense diplomatic work will be carried out in the coming days”, particularly in Paris ” where several consultations will be conducted”, added the French presidency.
Putin reiterates “his intention to withdraw his troops” from Belarus
Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron “his intention to withdraw his troops” from Belarus “at the end of the current exercises”, indicated the Elysee.
“We will have to check all this, it may take a little time”, added the French presidency, while “noting that the declarations of the Belarusian authorities”, who affirmed that the Russian troops were going to stay, “do not coincide with the words of President Putin.
Resumption of discussions in Normandy format
Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Poutine also called for the resumption of discussions in the Normandy format between Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, Paris and Berlin being mediators in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
This work must resume on “the basis of the proposals made by Ukraine in recent days”, it is specified.
The two presidents wish to continue their efforts in an attempt to achieve a “meeting at the highest level with a view to defining a new order of peace and security in Europe”.
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