Putin agrees to “transfer ahead” on among the safety proposals Macron delivered to Moscow on Monday
Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned it was potential to maneuver ahead on among the options to the Ukraine disaster his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, proposed on the Monday talks in Moscow. Macron instructed the media within the Kremlin that these concepts would possibly require brand-new safety mechanisms.
Moscow and Paris have agreed to additional work on “a quantity” of Macron’s proposals on Ukraine, the 2 leaders instructed reporters, after ending their marathon Monday talks, which pushed the press convention previous midnight Moscow time. Neither of them provided any particulars on what the proposals may be.
Putin mentioned he and Macron had a productive dialogue on de-escalating the scenario in Ukraine. The Russian president reiterated that Kiev has been refusing to implement the Minsk agreements and make peace with the 2 breakaway areas of Donetsk and Lugansk, selecting to persecute Russian-speakers in Ukraine as a substitute.
He additionally introduced up the three key factors from Moscow’s safety proposal printed in December, which NATO and the US have “sadly rejected,” and mentioned NATO is just not obligated to simply accept anybody, together with Ukraine.
Macron mentioned new, “various” mechanisms to make sure stability in Europe could have to be constructed, as revising the prevailing preparations and agreements wouldn’t be sensible.
The 2 presidents additionally mentioned Belarus, the battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh, the Iran nuclear deal and the scenario within the African nation of Mali, amongst different issues.
The French president traveled to Moscow on Monday to satisfy Putin in particular person, pledging to have an “in-depth” dialog about Ukraine to achieve a “mutually helpful reply for Russia and for the entire of Europe” that “helps to keep away from battle.”
Initially of the assembly, with cameras current, Macron referred to as Putin by his first identify whereas the Russian chief used the acquainted “you.” The 2 leaders exchanged a number of pleasantries in English earlier than reporters have been ushered out of the room and the assembly started in earnest. The talks lasted for greater than 5 hours.
The assembly comes after NATO and the US responded negatively to Russia’s supply of a safety association for Europe, and continued to accuse Moscow of planning to “invade” Ukraine. The Kremlin has rejected the accusations, which started in October, as “pretend information.”
After Moscow, Macron is due in Kiev, for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday.