Discuss Conflicts in Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France Hold Ministerial Meetings

Russia, Germany and France agreed that their foreign ministers should meet to discuss the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

This was sparked in a telephone conversation between French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday (11/10).

According to the German and Russian governments, the leaders agreed that their foreign ministers should meet immediately to resolve the conflict in the former Soviet Union.

The Kremlin said in the phone call that Putin also accused Ukrainian authorities of “stubbornly unwilling” to implement agreements reached at previous peace talks. The Kremlin did not say whether Ukraine would take part in the foreign ministers’ meeting later.

Meanwhile, the German government said Merkel and Macron on Monday also spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy about implementing the Minsk agreement to end the conflict in Ukraine peacefully.

France and Germany have been mediators in the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists since 2015 and have overseen the ceasefire.

Ukraine has been trying to battle Russian-backed separatists in the Donbass region since 2014, in a conflict that erupted after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula. Ukraine accuses Russia of supporting separatists, a charge Moscow has denied. (ka/lt)

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