French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said he had obtained assurances from his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, that there would be no “deterioration or escalation” of the crisis over Ukraine.
Macron was speaking on the way to Kyiv, where he met Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky after more than five hours of talks on Monday night with Putin in Moscow.
Macron’s tour is the latest western diplomatic attempt to de-escalate tensions caused by Russia’s military build-up of more than 100,000 troops around Ukraine.
“For me it was about arranging things to prevent an escalation and open up new avenues . .