After a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky on Sunday, he called for the resumption of talks with Russia under the OSCE and the establishment of an “immediate ceasefire” in the East. “We urgently need to convene a meeting of the Tripartite Liaison Committee (Ukraine, Russia, OSCE) to establish an immediate ceasefire,” Zelensky said on Twitter.
Earlier, French Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone about ways to avoid a major war in Europe. “The telephone conversation with President Putin lasted 1h45 hours,” the French president pointed out. Elysee announced that Macron and Putin had agreed to do everything possible to quickly reach a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.
During their telephone conversation, the two leaders agreed to “support the diplomatic solution to the current crisis and do everything possible to achieve it,” said Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. In the coming days he will “meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has reiterated to his French envoy Emmanuel Macron his “intention to withdraw his troops” from Belarus “at the end of the current exercise”, Elysee pointed out.
“We have to check all this, it may take some time,” the French president said, referring to “announcements by Belarusian officials” confirming the stay of Russian troops. President Putin’s words. “
Minsk, Moscow’s ally in its crisis with the West, announced that Russian troops on its border would rely on other similar maneuvers for military exercises ending Sunday, February 10.
According to the Kremlin, Mr. During the telephone conversation with Putin, Putin called on NATO and the United States to “carefully consider” Russia’s demands for its security at the center of the current crisis between Moscow and the West.
“Everything indicates that Russia is going to occupy Ukraine”
For its part, the United States has warned of an immediate Russian offensive. The maintenance of Russian forces in Belarus shows that Russia is on the “edge” of invading Ukraine, in line with the situation described in recent days by the United States, diplomatic leader Anthony Blinken said Sunday.
Blinken told CNN that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “almost following the script”. “All we see is that it’s very serious, that we’re on the verge of an invasion.”
However, the United States wants to play the card of diplomacy. US President Joe Biden has told CBS that he is “ready to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at any time and in any form if it helps to avoid war.”
The Secretary of State reiterated to CNN that the diplomatic route is still possible “as long as the tanks are actually in operation and there are planes in the sky”.
OSCE will hold an extraordinary meeting on Monday
The Polish head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe announced on Sunday that the OSCE would hold an extraordinary meeting of its permanent representatives on Monday to try to resolve the crisis surrounding Ukraine.
Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Pavel Zaplonsky told the BAP news agency in response to Ukraine’s request.
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