Macron and Putin agree on the “necessity of de-escalation” in Ukraine

Posted in: 28/01/2022 – 16:40

                 French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Friday, January 28, 2022, on the "necessity of de-escalation" and the continuation of "dialogue" in the Ukrainian crisis, the Elysee announced.  The French presidency said that the phone call between the two presidents "made it possible to understand the need to defuse the escalation," adding that "President Putin did not show any aggressive intentions (...) he clearly said that he does not seek confrontation."                

On the other hand, an official in the French presidency said that French President Emmanuel Macron told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday, January 28, 2022 that Russia must respect the sovereignty of its neighbors, while Western allies seek to defuse tension over Ukraine.

The official added that the two leaders agreed, in a phone call, that their countries would continue the four-way diplomatic discussions within the so-called Normandy format, as part of efforts to reduce tension.

“President Putin said he wants dialogue and that it is important to work on implementing the Minsk agreements,” the official added, noting that Putin stressed that he did not want to escalate the situation.


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