Macron and Putin Talks Yield No Results, Further Talks Needed

French President Emmanuel Macron has said any resolution of the Ukraine crisis may yet take months following high-level talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Tuesday and Russian President Vladimir Putin a day earlier in Moscow.

Macron said it was imperative to “find ways of bringing viewpoints together and lowering the tension,” adding that though such a process would “take time,” his discussions with Zelenskyy and Putin had helped address the issue of “how to change.”

Macron said on Monday that he had made proposals of “concrete security guarantees” to Putin, who also suggested some ideas that could help ease the situation.

Zelinsky on the other hand said Putin has to prove he is serious about deescalating tensions. 

“Openness is always great, if it’s true, and not a game, but serious openness, not a joke, and understanding that there is a serious danger,” Zelensky said.

Meanwhile, reports of new possible sanctions by the West against Russia included suspension of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, blocking Russia’s access to global electronic supplies, penalties against Russian banks and government debt, and sanctions on individuals.

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