Paris, 28 February 2022 (dpa/MIA) – French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by phone on Monday, telling him to end offensives against civilians in Ukraine as peace talks between Moscow and Kiev were under way on the Belarus border.
All attacks on private individuals and residences needed to cease, and civilian infrastructure had to be preserved, Macron told Putin, according to the Élysée Palace.
With regard to a possible agreement with Ukraine, the Kremlin said: “Putin stressed that such an agreement would only be possible if Russia’s legitimate security interests were unconditionally taken into account. This includes, for example, the recognition of the sovereignty of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, and the demilitarization of Ukraine.”
In the talks, Macron also renewed his call for an immediate ceasefire and an end to Russian attacks on Ukraine. He also stressed that international human rights law must be respected.
Macron reportedly spoke with Putin at the request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and was the first Western politician to do so since the invasion of Ukraine began on Thursday.