For several weeks, conflicts between pro-Russian separatists in Kiev and Donbass (Eastern Ukraine) have been increasing. Thousands of Russian soldiers have been deployed, which has triggered fear of large-scale operations.
Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Volodymyr Zelensky demand that Russia withdraw from the Ukrainian border on Friday, April 16. The assembled troops.
The leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine shared in the teleconference “They are concerned about the increase of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine and the illegally annexed Crimea.”.They also called for withdrawal “These reinforcements are for demotion”According to a joint statement issued by the German Chancellery.
Against the background of severe tensions between Crimea and Moscow, the President of France received the President of Ukraine at the Elysee Palace on Friday. The two heads of state met with the German Chancellor through a video conference.
MediumI Merkel and Macron (M. Macron) “Emphasize their support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity”, and also “Both parties need to fully implement the Minsk Agreement”, And added press releases to ensure that Paris and Berlin “We will continue to work within the framework of the Normandy format”, Dialogue with the Quartet in Kiev and Moscow.
For several weeks, clashes between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine have been increasing, and tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have been deployed nearby, raising concerns about large-scale military operations. . The West has warned Russia not to display such force.