At the same time as Ukraine-Russia talks are taking place on the Ukraine-Belarus border, Russian President Vladimir Putin has a conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron.
The French president is said to have made three demands to Putin and Russia:
1. Rescue Ukrainian civilians
2. Civil infrastructure preservation
Securing the main arteries, especially the main road south of Kyiv.
According to a number of international news and media agencies, Putin has said that he is ready to abide by these demands, the French presidential office said.
Moreover, Agence France-Presse wrote that Putin told Macron Ukraine’s neutrality and military downsizing are key to ending the conflict.
This was stated in a statement issued by the Kremlin.
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He also wants to recognize Crimea as a Russian territory. Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula in 2014.
The two presidents also agreed to stay in touch over the next few days.
The phone call between Macron and Putin at 13:30. The conversation lasted for an hour and a half.
Macron also spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky repeatedly in the last hours.
He writes for many French media.
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On Monday, traders from Russia and Ukraine were present at the Ukraine-Belarus border.
Ukraine’s demands were crystal clear: a statement from President Volodymyr Zelensky said, they expect an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian forces.
Sources told Ukrainian and Russian media that the meeting ended on Monday night.
According to the Russia-owned RIA news agency, the deputies will return to their capitals for further consultations, before a new round of talks, according to Agence France-Presse.
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