| 17 April 2024, Wednesday |

Scholz, Macron tell Putin way out of crisis lies in Ukraine-Russia talks

In a phone discussion on Thursday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to resume negotiations on the Ukraine conflict, according to French and German officials.

According to German government officials, “Germany and France requested an immediate ceasefire from Russia” and “insisted that any solution to this situation must come through discussions between Ukraine and Russia.”

In a statement, the Elysee acknowledged the conversation, adding that EU leaders will debate the Ukraine situation during their summit in Versailles on Thursday evening.

“The three leaders decided to be in constant communication in the days ahead,” the statement stated.

After two weeks of fighting, Russia’s and Ukraine’s foreign ministers met for the first time in Turkey on Thursday, amid worldwide condemnation of Moscow’s bombardment of a children’s hospital in Kyiv.

However, 14 days after Russia invaded its pro-Western neighbor, creating a crisis that has seen 2.2 million people flee across Ukraine’s borders, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba claimed they had made “no progress” on a truce.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on the other hand, stated that Moscow wished to continue talks with Ukraine.

  • AFP