1 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky convened a new summit with France, Germany and Russia on Tuesday to resolve the conflict in his country, at the center of intense talks between the West and Russia this week.
2 “It is time to agree substantively on the end of the conflict and we are ready to make the necessary decisions during a new summit of the leaders of the four countries,” Zelensky said in a statement after his meeting with European diplomats on Monday.
3 The Ukrainian presidency did not specify the nature of those “decisions,” but said Monday’s talks also addressed measures aimed at “de-escalating” the border with Ukraine, where Moscow has amassed some 100,000 troops.
4 Zelensky first met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the peace talks in Paris in 2019. The talks were organized by French President Emmanuel Macron, and also attended by then-German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
5 Negotiations failed to end a conflict between Kiev forces and Moscow-backed troops that erupted in 2014. Clashes in eastern Ukraine erupted shortly after Russia seized Crimea and have since claimed more than 13,000 lives.
7 Ukraine has repeatedly called for the restart of the four-way summits and has proposed a direct meeting between Zelensky and Putin, but Moscow has rejected the offers.
11 Source Credit: TheGuardian