Putin talks to Macron on Ukraine – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

In a conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin named three conditions for a peace settlement in Ukraine, including recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea.

According to the Kremlin’s reading of the phone interviews, Putin told Macron that Russia was “open to negotiations with representatives of Ukraine.

Putin, however, stressed that a settlement was possible”that if Russia’s legitimate security interests were unconditionally taken into account,” including “the recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea, the fulfillment of the tasks of demilitarization and denazification of the Ukrainian state and the guarantee of its neutral status.

The Russian leader also said his country’s forces did not threaten civilians or strike civilian objects.

The threat comes from Ukrainian nationalists, who are using the civilian population as a human shield, deliberately placing strike weapon systems in residential areas and intensifying the shelling of Donbass cities.“, the Kremlin said.

As the French presidency said in a statement, Macron “reiterated the demand of the international community to stop the Russian offensive against Ukraineand called for an immediate ceasefire.

As negotiations continue between Kyiv and Moscow, Macron also named three demands that “must be respected in the field.” He called on Russia tostop all strikes and attacks against civilians and places of residence,” “preserve civil infrastructure,” and “secure major roads”, including the southern route to Kiev.

According to the Elysée, Putin expressed a “willingness to engageto these three problems.

The French president also called on his Russian counterpart “respect international humanitarian law” as good as “aid delivery.

The two leaders have agreed to keep in touch”to prevent the situation from getting worse.”

The Russian “special military operationin Ukraine was launched on February 24, with Putin declaring a goal of “demilitarize» the country and the security protection of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as Russia itself. Western nations condemned the attack and imposed harsh economic sanctions on Moscow.

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