French President Emmanuel Macron called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine during a phone call on Monday.
The French presidential office announced that Macron asked Putin to implement an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, stop all attacks on civilians, and maintain the country’s infrastructure, and the Russian President expressed his acceptance of the request.
In contrast, however, a statement released from the Kremlin indicates that Putin would only agree to Macron’s request if “Russia’s legitimate security interests are taken into account.” These interests include, it says, “a recognition of Russia’s sovereignty over Crimea, and a resolution of the objectives of demilitarization and denazification of the Ukrainian state and ensuring it has a neutral status.”
The conversation between Macron and Putin comes as the talks between Russia and Ukraine, which took place in Belarus, ended on Monday.
Macron calls on Putin to end war in Ukraine as Ukraine-Russia talks end
Delegations from Ukraine and Russia will return to the capital cities of their countries in order to discuss the talks and determine how to proceed.