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Putin, Macron discuss Ukraine, Russian ‘security guarantees’: Kremlin

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Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed Ukraine tensions and concerns about security in Europe during a phone call on Monday, the Kremlin said.

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“The leaders expressed their views on the situation regarding Ukraine, as well as on issues related to providing Russia with legally binding and long-term security guarantees,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

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The call is the latest in a series of diplomatic discussions between top officials from Moscow, the EU and Washington over the conflict in Ukraine and disagreements between Russia and the West over security concerns in Europe.

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Ukrainian President

Fears of an imminent Russian incursion into Ukraine have grown in recent days, despite denials from Moscow and pleas from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to avoid causing “panic” over a massive Russian military buildup on the border.

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Monday’s call follows talks Macron recently held with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts and is part of efforts to de-escalate tensions, the French presidency said.

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He added that, during the call, Putin and Macron welcomed “positive progress” following talks between Russian, French, German and Ukrainian representatives, and supported further dialogue to implement Ukraine’s ceasefire agreements negotiated in 2015. .

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The Kremlin added that Putin and Macron discussed the possibility of a face-to-face meeting.

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