Leaders meet around the globe hoping to calm Ukraine crisis

Leaders meet around the globe hoping to calm Ukraine crisis

International efforts to defuse the impasse on Ukraine intensified on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron set to hold talks in Moscow and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Washington to coordinate policies as fears of a Russian invasion mount. .

The concentration of an estimated 100,000 Russian troops near Ukraine has fueled Western concerns that it marks the start of a possible invasion. White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan warned on Sunday that Russia could invade Ukraine “any day”, triggering a conflict that would come at a “huge human cost”.

Russia has denied any plans to attack its neighbour, but calls on the US and its allies to prevent Ukraine and other ex-Soviet countries from joining NATO, halt weapons deployment there and withdraw NATO forces from Eastern Europe. requesting to take Washington and NATO have rejected the demands.

Macron, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin before leaving for Ukraine on Tuesday, said last week that his priority was “negotiations and de-escalation with Russia”. Macron met with US President Joe Biden on Sunday before leaving for Moscow. The White House said they “discussed ongoing diplomatic and deterrent efforts in response to Russia’s continued military build-up on Ukraine’s borders, and reaffirmed its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the White House said. The French president said Macron sought to ensure “good coordination” with Biden in the call.

“The security and sovereignty of Ukraine or any other European state cannot be a matter of compromise, while it is also legitimate for Russia to question its own security,” Macron said in an interview with French newspaper Journal du Dimanche published on Sunday. ,

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, described Macron’s visit as “very important”, but sought to pin down expectations, telling reporters that “the situation is too complicated to expect a decisive breakthrough after just one meeting.”

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