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French President Macron says he spoke to Russia's Putin on Monday

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French President Macron says he spoke to Russia's Putin on Monday
French President Macron says he spoke to Russia's Putin on Monday   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2022

PARIS -French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement he had spoken on the phone to Russian President Vladimir Putin again on Monday, following a call between the two leaders on Friday.

Macron said both leaders welcomed progress made in talks about the Ukraine situation within the Normandy format. He added that both presidents want to continue the dialogue with a view towards implementing the Minsk agreements relating to the situation in Donbass.

The Normandy format brought together the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France to help end the conflict in eastern Ukraine between Kiev’s forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Asked about a possible physical meeting between Macron and Putin, a French official said this had not been ruled out, but no date had been set.

“There is a long-standing invitation, the dialogue is constant,” the official said.