Paris and Berlin join Kyiv and call for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukrainian border. The President of Ukraine met with the French head of state in Paris this Friday. Emmanuel Macron is in the role of mediator between Ukraine and Russia. The meeting also included the participation of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, by video call.
The three leaders want to find ways to ease tensions with Moscow and have scheduled a diplomatic council for next Monday. A meeting that should also include representatives from the United Kingdom and Russia.
At the end of this Friday’s meeting, Volodymyr Zelensky wanted to underline that Europe’s security is at stake.
“We now need to move very quickly,” declared the Ukrainian Head of State, adding that “it is not just our problem, it is Europe’s security – and the whole of Europe will understand it”.
Zelensky pledged to France and Germany to work “clearly” to reduce tension with Russia.
This Friday’s meeting in Paris had been planned for weeks but coincides with the recent mobilization of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine and multiple violations of the ceasefire in the Donbas region, where since 2014 the Ukrainian army and pro-separatists Russians measure forces.
The Kremlin says troops are at the border to respond to NATO’s “threatening” actions and also to carry out military exercises.
During the past seven years of fighting, more than 14,000 people have died among Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists. A co-conflict began after the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia in 2014.
Source: with Agencies