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President Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed French leader Emmanuel Macron urged him to give up some sovereignty to end the conflict with Russia.

French President Emmanuel Macron has “never” asked Volodymyr Zelensky to make territorial concessions to end the ongoing conflict with Russia, contrary to the statements of the Ukrainian leader, insisted the Elysee.

During a Thursday interview with Italian broadcaster Rai 1, Zelensky accused Macron of suggesting an effort should be made to “seek a way out for Russia” so that the fighting in Ukraine can stop.

“By proposing that we give up something of our sovereignty to save [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s face doesn’t look right coming from some leaders. It’s a waste of time,” said the Ukrainian president, when asked about his French counterpart’s warning that Europe must avoid humiliating Putin.

The French presidency responded to these claims on Friday, insisting that Macron “never asked for concessions from Zelensky. He always said that it was up to the Ukrainians to decide the terms of their negotiations with the Russians.

“The President of the Republic has never discussed anything with Vladimir Putin without the agreement of President Zelensky”, adds the Elysée.

Macron remains one of the few Western leaders to have pursued a direct dialogue with Putin amid the conflict in Ukraine. However, he also insisted on tougher sanctions against Moscow, including tougher restrictions on Russian energy, and allowed arms shipments to kyiv.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.

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