France is ready to hold a Normandy format meeting when certain gestures are made to confirm the commitment to achieve peace in Donbas. This was stated by French President Emmanuel Macron after a meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, reports 112 Ukraine.
“As for the situation in Donbas. The conflict that has been going on for 5 years, and it is tearing Europe apart... We want to return to the Minsk format so that the country returns to peace. I am ready to support you, Mr. President, in this intention. And in the dialogue with Russia too. When the time comes, France is ready to hold a meeting in the Normandy format to confirm its commitments, but so far we need to have certain gestures, certain steps in order to confirm the intention to fulfill these commitments," he said.
Earlier Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president, said that the Kremlin took a wait-and-see attitude towards the Ukrainian head of state, Volodymyr Zelensky. The reason is that there is still no understanding of what the new president’s approaches to the main issues on the agenda are. Peskov said this during the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin TV show, as reported by RBK.
“On the whole, there is a positive approach and there is an expectation of restrained optimism, but unfortunately, no one has a clear vision on what will happen in Kyiv,” Peskov said.
Putin did not congratulate Zelensky on his victory in the second round of the election. As Peskov explained then, "the Kremlin will congratulate President Zelensky on his first successes in resolving the conflict in south-eastern Ukraine, as well as on his first successes in normalizing Russian-Ukrainian relations."