French President Emmanuel Macron is holding talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky after a day of talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, his office, the Elysee Palace, announced on Sunday.
“The telephone interview with President Putin lasted 1 hour 45 minutes. The President of the Republic is now in a telephone exchange with President Zelensky,” said the French president.
Before the call with Putin, the French president indicated that the dialogue is part of “the last possible and necessary effort to avoid a major conflict in Ukraine” at a time of maximum tension.
On Saturday, Macron spoke with Zelensky, who said he would “not respond to provocations” from Russia with Donbass separatists, according to the French presidency. He also asked Macron to express “Ukraine’s readiness for dialogue” to Putin.
But at a security conference in Munich, Zelensky urged the United States and NATO to abandon Russia’s “appeasement” policy and increase its military aid to Kiev. But at the same time he urged not to “panic” during the security conference in Munich.