French President Emmanuel Macron and Kremlin President Vladimir Putin agreed on Monday the need to de-escalate tensions at the Polish-Belarus border, caused by the unprecedented influx of migrants. And Agence France-Presse reported that the Elysee Palace announced this.
“We hope that this long conversation will bring results in the coming days,” Macron’s office said, and Putin promised Macron “to mention this topic” in an interview with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.
In an interview with Rossi 24 news station on Saturday, Putin dismissed allegations that Moscow was involved in organizing a crisis on Poland’s border with Belarus, where hundreds of migrants from the Middle East are stranded.
Since the summer, thousands of migrants, mostly from the conflict-affected Middle East, have tried to cross the border between Poland and Belarus. Tensions rose last week after Polish border guards prevented migrants from making mass attempts across the border.
France will defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine
Macron also told the Russian president during a phone conversation that lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes that France is ready to “defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine” and expressed “deep concern” about the build-up of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border. According to the Elysee Palace, the Russian president argued that Ukrainian officials helped make negotiations more difficult.
Macron’s comments came after the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Jens Stoltenberg warns Moscow of “aggression” against Ukraine. The United States also raised concerns about the issue last week. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Russia would make a “big mistake” if it repeated its actions in 2014 to annex Crimea. On Monday, the German ministry called on Moscow to maintain “restraint” on the border with Ukraine. Foreign Affairs.
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