France’s Macron arrives in Ukraine after talks with Russian counterpart
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Kyiv from Moscow, where he had held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, discussing the situation around Ukraine.
Macron will head to the Mariinsky Palace for a meeting with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, News.Az reports citing Ukraina-24 TV channel.
This is the first visit to Ukraine by a French president since 1998, when Jacques Chirac made a trip to the country. Macron is accompanied by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The French leader has repeatedly highlighted the need to ensure de-escalation and find a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Donbas. According to Macron, his priority is to search for a political way out of the crisis.
The French president said earlier at a joint press conference with Putin that he would bring up the implementation of the Minsk Agreements during his talks in Kyiv. Macron has many times emphasized the need to strictly abide by the document. He also promised to brief the Ukrainian leader on consultations with Moscow on security guarantees and efforts to ensure stability in Europe. After a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Macron plans to hold another phone call with Putin.