French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian chief Vladimir Putin on Sunday agreed to work for a ceasefire in jap Ukraine, Mr. Macron’s workplace mentioned.
In a cellphone dialog lasting 105 minutes, in addition they agreed on “the need to favour a diplomatic solution to the crisis and do everything to achieve one”, the Elysee mentioned, including that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov would meet “in the coming days”.
Mr. Putin and Mr. Macron mentioned they might work ‘intensely’ to permit the Trilateral Contact Group — Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE — to fulfill “in the next few hours to getting all interested parties to commit to a ceasefire at the contact line” the place authorities troops and pro-Russian separatists are going through one another.
“Intense diplomatic work will take place in the coming days,” Mr. Macron’s workplace mentioned, with a number of consultations to happen within the French capital.
Mr. Macron and Mr. Putin additionally agreed that talks amongst Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany ought to resume to implement the so-called Minsk protocol which in 2014 had already known as for a ceasefire.
They additionally agreed to work in direction of “a high-level meeting with the aim of defining a new peace and security order in Europe”, Mr. Macron’s workplace mentioned.
A Washington report quoting Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned U.S. President Joe Biden is prepared to fulfill Mr. Putin “at any time” to stop a conflict in Ukraine.
Mr. Blinken informed CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Mr. Biden has made “very clear that he’s prepared to meet President Putin at any time, in any format, if that can help prevent a war.”