Emmanuel Macron calls on Vladimir Putin to find an answer to avoid a war over the crisis in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron meeting in Moscow, Russia.

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The President of France, Emmanuel Macron called on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Monday to find a collective response to avoid a war in Europe due to military tensions on the border with Ukraine.

At the start of his meeting with Putin in the Kremlin, Macron expressed confidence in “find a useful and collective response for Russia and for all of Europe (…) that allows us to avoid a war and build stability and trust for all.”

“I believe that today’s conversation can pave the way that we must take, that of de-escalation,” he stressed.

Macron said he was aware of the “political-military” situation on the continent and called for the responsibility of all the actors involved in the crisis.

The critical situation in Europe today worries us (….). Therefore, it is necessary for all of us to behave responsibly, ”he pointed out.

He recalled the telephone conversations he has had in recent weeks with Putin and considered that the dialogue is now “more current than ever” when it comes to guaranteeing peace and security in Europe.

Putin highlighted the active efforts of Paris for the settlement of the crisis in Ukraineay to achieve an agreement on security.

Both heads of state will offer a press conference at the end of their negotiations, after which the French leader will travel to Kiev to meet with the Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski.

“The situation is too complex to expect great progress in the course of a meeting,” said the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, at his daily press conference this morning.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov assured that the probability of a military escalation on the border with Russia remains “low”.

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