Macron expresses readiness to defend Ukraine in dialogue with Putin

Source : 112 Ukraine

Putin, in turn, blamed Kyiv for disrupting the Minsk agreements and the United States and its allies for raising tensions in the Black Sea
08:36, 16 November 2021

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During a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed readiness to defend Ukraine's territorial integrity, RFI reports with a reference to the Elysee Palace.

"Emmanuel Macron has expressed to Vladimir Putin his serious concern and desire to protect the entire territory of Ukraine," the French president's office said on Monday evening, November 15.

Macron made this statement in response to the deployment of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine.

It is noted that the Russian president reiterated that the talks will be complicated by the Ukrainian authorities.

"Both sides expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of progress in resolving the inter-Ukrainian conflict," the Kremlin press service comments on the dialogue of the two leaders.

Attention is also drawn to the deteriorating situation around Donbas.

Putin said that large-scale exercises by the United States and its allies in the Black Sea were provocative and were raising tensions between Russia and NATO.

"The Russian president also stressed that Kyiv is continuing its destructive policy aimed at disrupting the Minsk agreements. This is evidenced by the recent use by the Armed Forces of Ukraine of drones in the conflict zone," Putin's press service added.

As it was reported by Bloomberg on November 11, the USA has warned its European partners about a possible Russian military operation against Ukraine. According to the agency, Washington's assessments are based on information that the American side has not yet shared with the EU. Officials familiar with the White House say this information is backed up by publicly available evidence.

The satellite photos taken by Western experts on November 2 confirmed reports that Russia is again concentrating troops and military hardware on the border with Ukraine. The images were taken by Colorado-based US space technology company Maxar Technologies, which handed them over to Politico.

Later Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Secretary Oleksiy Danilov, in his turn, called this information “deliberate disinformation”.

On November 8 Bloomberg reported with reference to the Janes company report that Russia is moving tanks to the Ukrainian border. This time, observers noticed a battalion of T80-U tanks in the Voronezh region.

First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Dmitry Polyansky denied the publication of Bloomberg that Russia could allegedly plan an invasion of Ukraine.

US and European Union officials expressed concern that Russia has resumed its troop build-up near the border with Ukraine.

Related: Putin to allow admission of goods from occupied Donbas to public procurement

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