French president to speak soon by phone with Putin and Zelensky — administration – Reuters

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Paris, January 25. /TASS/. French President Emmanuel Macron is preparing to discuss the situation in Ukraine by telephone with Russian and Ukrainian leaders Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, the Elysee Palace announced on Tuesday after Macron’s video conference with US leaders. European and NATO on Monday evening.

“The President of the Republic, who is due to speak by telephone with President Putin and President Zelensky in the coming days, is determined to use all diplomatic resources to maintain stability in Europe, to show solidarity and will to support EU countries, which are concerned about their security,” the French president’s administration said.

Macron also believes the European Union should be involved in crafting a response to Russia’s security proposals, the French president’s administration has said.

“During the conversation with the partners, the President of the Republic underlined the importance of the full participation of the EU in the preparation of the response to the proposals expressed by Russia in December”, he said. he declares.

Macron “expressed his deep concern about the situation at Ukraine’s borders and stressed the importance of collective work for de-escalation as soon as possible,” said the Elysee. “De-escalation should combine strong warnings and enhanced dialogue with Russia.”

“He also envisages the vigorous continuation of negotiations within the framework of the Normandy format [France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine]. This is the objective of the meeting of political advisers from the four countries, scheduled for Paris on January 26,” he added.

The West and Kiev have recently spread allegations of a potential Russian “invasion” of Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed the claims as “empty and groundless”, serving as a ploy to escalate tensions, stressing that Russia poses no threat to anyone. However, Peskov did not rule out the possibility of provocations aimed at justifying such allegations and warned that attempts to use military force to resolve the crisis in southeastern Ukraine would have serious consequences.

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