Ukraine Crisis: What French president Macron, Putin said in a 90 minute phone conversation

To prevent the situation from worsening, Mr Macron suggested that the two leaders stay in touch in the coming days.

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•Putin tells Macron he will stop targeting civilians as Ukraine invasion continues.

•Macron also urged Putin stop strikes on civilians, preserve civilian infrastructure, and provide safe access to key roads.

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•Emmanuel Macron stressed that the international community demands Russia stop the operation in Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are reported to have reached a verbal deal to spare civilians in Ukraine, the French leader’s office said on Monday.

Macron’s office said in a statement that in a 90-minute phone call he had asked the Russian leader to stop attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, and secure major roadways, in particular the road from the south of Kyiv.

“President Putin confirmed his willingness to make commitments on these three points,” the statement said.

Macron also urged Putin to stop strikes on civilians, preserve civilian infrastructure, and provide safe access to key roads. Macron’s office also says Putin “confirmed his willingness to commit on these three points.”

However, news reports say Putin insisted that the demilitarization of Ukraine and Western recognition of Russian sovereignty over the Crimean peninsula were prerequisites to ending fighting in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

“Vladimir Putin stressed that a settlement is possible only if Russia’s legitimate security interests are unconditionally taken into account, including the recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea, the demilitarisation and denazification of the Ukrainian state and ensuring its neutral status,” according to a Kremlin readout of the call.

To prevent the situation from worsening, Mr Macron suggested that the two leaders stay in touch in the coming days. “We will resume discussions,” he said.

In a tweet, President Emanuel Macron said; “I asked for respect for international humanitarian law and the protection of civilian populations, such as the delivery of aid. In this regard, France is bringing a resolution to the United Nations Security Council.”

Meanwhile, in Belarus, state news agency Belta reported that Ukrainian and Russian delegations had held talks in a villa belonging to Belarusian President Alexandre Loukashenko, near the Belarus/Ukraine border.

Ahead of the negotiations, the Ukrainian presidency had demanded an immediate Russian ceasefire and troop withdrawal.

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