French president pushes for further peace talks over Ukraine

French president pushes for further peace talks over Ukraine

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Paris, Macron said France was committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty with its recognized borders.

Ukraine launched a military operation in Donbass in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new government in Kiev that they viewed as illegitimate. “(What matters) is our joint commitment to getting results and whether the level of coordination is enough to get them”, Klimkin said.Both Macron and Poroshenko said they hoped a new “Normandy format” summit – involving the leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russian Federation – would take place in the coming weeks, but officials cautioned this would be a pointless effort unless there were tangible results.The four leaders would speak by phone in the coming days.

Macron and Poroshenko said they were hopeful that progress could be made in resolving the ongoing conflict in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

Macron ratified the meeting in a statement issued after receiving the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, at the Elysee Palace.

The French foreign ministry said Monday that the OSCE observers were being subjected to “unacceptable intimidation and obstacles”.

In February 2015, the warring parties to the conflict signed the Minsk peace agreements with Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine – the members of the Normandy Four – helping to negotiate the Donbass ceasefire.

Last week, the leaders of European Union nations agreed to extend sanctions over Russia’s actions in Ukraine for another six months, following the annexation of Crimea three years ago.