The leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine, after holding a video conference on Friday, urged Russia to withdraw the additional troops it has amassed on its border with Ukraine and in occupied Crimea over recent weeks, Deutsche welle reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shared concern over the military build-up, the chancellery in Berlin said in a statement, adding, "They demanded the withdrawal of these reinforcements to reach a de-escalation."
Zelensky traveled to Paris to meet Macron where the two also spoke with Merkel via video link to address Russia's recent troop deployments.
Meanwhile, President of France Emmanuel Macron said that France, Ukraine and Germany are ready to find a political solution to resolve the conflict in Donbas. Macron wrote about this on his Twitter page.
He also noted that France and Germany will continue to mobilize efforts to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
"Regarding the situation in Donbas, together with Ukraine and Germany, we continue to mobilize our efforts and continue to be determined to find a political solution which is the only possible one," he said.