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Live: Macron talks to Putin, Moscow does not want “war” in Ukraine


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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron are to meet during the day, the French president wishing to offer his Russian counterpart a “path of de-escalation”. Follow live the latest developments on the Ukrainian crisis.

  • 11:34 a.m .: the American ambassador in Moscow warns of the risks of an invasion of Ukraine by Russia

According to the US envoy to Moscow, the invasion of Ukraine by the Russians would be an “incredibly destructive act”. He added that it would happen with very little notice, given the build-up of military forces.

  • 10:33 a.m .: Moscow wants dialogue, “not war” says Lavrov

The head of Russian diplomacy said he wanted diplomacy after the American call to “return to the negotiating table” and not to invade Ukraine. “If it’s up to Russia, there will be no war. We don’t want wars. But neither will we allow our interests to be grossly trampled on, ignored,” Sergei Lavrov said in an interview broadcast on several Russian radios and TVs.

He added that perhaps Russia should consider precautionary measures to protect its diplomats in Ukraine.

The Russian minister estimated that new sanctions against Russia would lead to a “break” between Moscow and the West, while Europeans and Americans said they were preparing particularly painful measures in the event of an offensive against Ukraine.

  • 10:28 a.m .: Emmanuel Macron must meet with Vladimir Putin

The French President will discuss with Vladimir Putin the means of obtaining a de-escalation in the Ukrainian crisis by relaunching, in particular, the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements of 2015 within the quadripartite framework of the Normandy format (France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine).

With AFP and Reuters



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