Macron, Putin Agree on Necessity of De-Escalation in Ukraine

French and Russian Presidents, Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin, had a telephone call on Friday and agreed that efforts are needed to deescalate tensions in Ukraine.

The Elysee Palace reported that the two leaders agreed “on the necessity of de-escalation.”

“President Putin states utterly clearly that he doesn’t seek confrontation,” the Palace said.

The two presidents also agreed that a dialogue on strategic stability is needed and it should involve Europeans, along with the United States and NATO. The dialogue is difficult but “channels for discussion stay open,” the Palace stressed.

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