After talking both to Putin and Zelenskyy, French President Macron says resolution can cost months.

Following talks with his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts, French President Emmanuel Macron said any resolution of the Russia-Ukraine crisis may yet take months.

On the frictions between Russia and the West over Moscow’s military build-up on Ukraine’s borders, Macron said: “I believe for my part that there are concrete, practical solutions that will allow us to move forward.”

“There’s no degradation and no [further] escalation.” he said after having a long talk with President Putin.

“I believe for my part that there are concrete, practical solutions that will allow us to move forward.” he added.

Zelenskyy is also looking for commitment from Russia. Ukraine is looking for action from Putin to prove he is serious about de-escalating tensions and pulling back Russian troops from the border, Zelenskyy has said.

Macron says Putin and Zelenskyy have both committed to honouring the Minsk accords.“We have now the possibility of advancing negotiations,” Macron told reporters following his talks with the Ukrainian president.The Minsk set of agreements were signed in 2014 and 2015 by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany as a response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. They include an aim to end the separatist war by Russian-speakers in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

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