Divisions exposed as Russia, Ukraine leaders hold first meeting | Malay Mail
PARIS, Dec 10 — Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukranian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky yesterday held their first face-to-face talks at a summit in Paris which agreed some measures to de-escalate the Ukraine conflict but clinched no major breakthrough on ending the five-year war. Host French...
PARIS, Dec 10 — Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukranian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky yesterday held their first face-to-face talks at a summit in Paris which agreed some measures to de-escalate the Ukraine conflict but clinched no major breakthrough on ending the five-year war.
A joint statement by all four parties said they agreed to implement a full ceasefire and proceed with a new withdrawal of forces from conflict zones by March 2020.
“Many questions were tackled and my counterparts have said it is a very good result for a first meeting. But I will be honest — it is very little, I wanted to resolve a larger number of problems,” he said after the talks in Paris.
Separatists seized control of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions shortly after Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.
It added that three additional disengagement areas should be agreed in east Ukraine, “with the aim of disengaging forces and equipment by the end of March 2020”.
“The process is moving in the right direction,” said Putin, adding that “Russia would do all that it can so that this conflict comes to an end”.
“We have a lot of work to do but I have the impression that there is goodwill to resolve the difficult questions,” said Merkel.
But there was no sign of warmth between the two men at the midnight press conference, with the pair sitting at opposite ends of the table and with Macron and Merkel between them.
The summit has been a hugely delicate event for everyone involved — but particularly for Zelensky, who came to power after starring in a comedy show about a school teacher who suddenly becomes president.
Macron, who shocked Nato allies last month by saying the alliance was suffering “brain death,” has made clear his belief that Europe needs a strategic partnership with Russia. — AFPRead more: Malay Mail
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