Paris (AFP) – 07/02/2022. 06:30
Phone call between Macron and Biden regarding Ukraine
- French President Emmanuel Macron spoke again Sunday with his US counterpart Joe Biden
- The call came within the framework of his consultations on the eve of his meeting Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis
- Macron indicated that he would “discuss the conditions for de-escalation” on the border with Ukraine
The French president spoke Emmanuel Macron Again on Sunday with his US counterpart Joe Biden, as part of his consultations on the eve of his meeting Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, according to the Elysee Palace.
The French presidency explained that the 40-minute phone call was part of the “logic of coordination” before the French president’s visit to Moscow and then to Kiev on Tuesday, where he will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Macron indicated that he would “discuss the conditions for de-escalation” at the border with Russia Ukraine Where Westerners accuse Moscow of mobilizing tens of thousands of soldiers for a possible invasion, which Russia denies, which asserts that it only wants to ensure its security.
At the weekend, the French president spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, leaders of the three Baltic states, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausida, and Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karenz and Estonia’s Kaia Klas.
He had spoken with his US counterpart on Tuesday, and the two presidents affirmed their “support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and pledged to remain “in close contact” on this file, according to the White House.
The French presidency said Sunday that they “agreed to speak again soon.”
“We have to be very realistic,” Macron told the weekly GDD newspaper about the meeting with Putin. “We will not get unilateral steps” from Russia, “but it is necessary to avoid a deterioration of the situation before building mechanisms and steps of mutual confidence.”