French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Feb. 7 and the leader of Ukraine on Feb. 8 to address the Ukraine crisis, as Western global leaders strive and prevent a catastrophic clash with Russia over Ukraine.
Macron’s office also stated that he would meet Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky the day after his meeting with Putin in Kiev.
Macron has stated that finding a diplomatic solution to de-escalate tensions over Ukraine is a priority, despite the fact that the US has announced the deployment of 3,000 more soldiers to Poland and Romania as Russia amasses forces near Ukraine.
Macron held separate phone calls with the Russian and Ukrainian leaders on Thursday to try to make progress on the status of the Donbass region as part of efforts to defuse tensions, said Macron’s office in a statement on Thursday.
That statement had also said Macron had underscored to Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky the importance of discussing the conditions to reach strategic balance in Europe which would enable a reduction in tension on the ground and guarantee security on the continent.
The United States had also said on Thursday that Russia has formulated several options as an excuse to invade Ukraine, including the potential use of a propaganda video showing a staged attack, as the Kremlin condemned American troop deployments in the region.