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Macron Leads New Russia-ukraine Talks Amid War Fears by DukeOfNigeria: 11:38am On Feb 04, 2022
[/b]French president to meet Putin next Monday and visit Ukraine’s leader a day later in fresh push to avert conflict.[b]

French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Russia next week in the highest-profile effort yet by a Western leader to de-escalate the Ukraine crisis.

Macron will go to Moscow on Monday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his office said on Friday. He will then head to Ukraine on Tuesday for talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The announcement came as Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Western powers have been engaged in intense diplomatic efforts in recent weeks to prevent what they fear may be an imminent Russian invasion into Ukraine given Moscow’s massing of more than 100,000 soldiers near the border with its neighbour.

But the Kremlin denies having any plan to invade and has instead blamed the United States and the Washington-led NATO alliance for the deteriorating security situation in the region.

[/b]Kremlin says Putin will discuss Russia’s security demands with Macron[b]

Putin will talk to Macron about Russia’s demands for security guarantees from the West during the latter’s visit to Moscow next week, the Kremlin has said.

Russia considers the planned visit important, and Putin will tell the French leader his interpretation of Washington’s initial response to Russia’s demands, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a news briefing.

Continuing the diplomatic effort, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is set to visit Moscow on February 15, Peskov said. But no agreement has yet been reached on a proposal from Turkey to host talks between Russia and Ukraine, he added.

[/b]Reporter confronts US spokesperson over Russia claims[b]

Footage being shared on social media shows a tense exchange between Matt Lee, a reporter for The Associated Press, and US State Department spokesman Ned Price after the journalist asked for Washington to provide evidence to back up its recent allegations against Russia.

The US has repeatedly warned Russia may be readying an attack against Ukraine and on Thursday accused Moscow of a plot to fabricate an attack by Ukrainian forces that the Kremlin could use as a pretext to take military action against its neighbour.

“It’s an action that you say they have taken, but you have shown no evidence to confirm that,” Lee said to Price during a news briefing in Washington, DC, on Thursday.

Price replied that the US’ claim was “derived from intelligence information” and that officials only declassify information when they are confident in its accuracy.

[/b]Xi and Putin expected to discuss Ukraine[b]

Al Jazeera’s Katrina Yu, reporting from Beijing, says Ukraine is expected to be high on the agenda during the talks between Putin and Xi.

“They really have been trying to convey a united front – both leaders have experienced souring relations with the US and its allies over the recent years,” Yu said. “And China has signalled that it would support Russia economically should the US imposed any sort of crippling sanctions.”

But, she added, Beijing would not “necessarily … welcome any potential attack on Ukraine”, citing the Chinese government’s good relations with Kyiv, an important trading partner that is also part of the Belt and Road Initiative.

[/b]Putin hails close ties with China[b]

Putin has praised his country’s close ties with China, describing relations as “developing progressively along the path of friendship and strategic partnership”.

“They are of a truly unprecedented nature,” the Russian leader said in televised remarks at the start of his meeting with Xi.

He added the two powers’ relations were an “example of a dignified relationship”.

Re: Macron Leads New Russia-ukraine Talks Amid War Fears by chatinent: 11:45am On Feb 04, 2022
Macron abi Macaroni, I see you have some features with Buhari.
Re: Macron Leads New Russia-ukraine Talks Amid War Fears by dawnomike(m): 11:47am On Feb 04, 2022
Everybody should just calm down on this Russia Vs Ukraine war... I believe Putin is just catching cruise on the entire world.
The joke is on America.
Re: Macron Leads New Russia-ukraine Talks Amid War Fears by MangekyoAlt: 12:57pm On Feb 04, 2022

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