Putin, Macron spoke for third time in a week on Ukraine issue
Putin, Macron spoke for third time in a week on Ukraine issue

Mosco: On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone for the third time in seven days about the Ukrainian issue and security assurances.

According to the Kremlin, the leaders continued their "substantive debate" on Ukraine's situation and the implementation of long-term, legally enforceable security assurances between Russia and the West. On the settlement of the Ukrainian issues, Putin cited "provocative remarks and actions of the Kiev leadership that run counter to the Minsk agreements."

As tensions between Russia and the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have risen in recent weeks, Putin and Macron exchanged phone calls on January 28 and 31 to discuss the same issue.

Macron also met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday, according to the French presidency. According to the statement, Macron stressed to Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky the need of discussing the parameters for achieving strategic balance in Europe, which would allow for a reduction in ground tensions and ensure continental security.

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