Due to potential “aggressive actions” by Russia against Ukraine, France and its western allies will remain “vigilant”, the press office of the Elysée Palace announced on Tuesday. As it was added in the press release, French President Emmanuel Macron is to talk to the new German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, about the crisis in eastern Ukraine in the near future.
“The five leaders reaffirmed their determination to work together to guarantee Ukraine’s sovereignty and ensure its stability and security,” the Elysee Palace said after French President Macron talked Tuesday with US, German, UK and Italian leaders.
“In this respect, they remain vigilant to any aggressive measures that Russia may take against Ukraine,” stated the press release. Macron’s press service added that the French president will meet the new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Paris on Friday, and the two will “jointly explore ways to re-engage Russia in the Normandy format.”
AFP, in turn, said, citing official sources, that President Macron “in the coming days” will talk to the presidents of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
Biden and Putin on the situation in Ukraine
On Tuesday, the presidents of the US and Russia, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, had a video-link interview. One of the topics they discussed was the situation in Ukraine. The White House announced that after this conversation, Biden would also speak to the leaders of Germany, France, Great Britain and Italy by telephone.
At the end of November, the main intelligence management of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced that Russian-controlled forces in the Donbas are increasing combat readiness and are conducting large maneuvers with the participation of reservists. As it was added, large command and staff exercises with the participation of the reserve, units of the force structures and the administration began there. According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russia exercises control over the exercises. Moreover, close to one hundred thousand Russian soldiers have been concentrated at the border with Ukraine.
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