The aim of this meeting was to defuse the crisis after a series of talks between the Russians and the Americans last week.
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They were hoping to get one “A clear indication of the state of mind of the Russians”. The French presidency announced that the German chancellor’s diplomatic advisors as well as the Russian, Ukrainian and French presidents met on Wednesday, January 26th in Paris in an attempt to find a way out of the crisis in Ukraine. The aim of this meeting was to defuse the situation after a series of talks between the Russians and the Americans last week, in the context of an ongoing escalation of tensions over Ukraine.
We want calm, which requires both dialogue and deterrence. A dialogue on sanctions is being conducted with European and American partners and institutions, so that this deterrence is credible enough, so that the dialogue is credible. . “, commented the French presidency. “But these sanctions should not lead to aftershocks that would cost us a rebound. Sanctions are not the best and only way to respond.”, stressed the Elysee.
After their marathon meeting that lasted just under nine hours, the negotiators said they would stay “Committed to resolving current disagreements in future work”, according to a joint press release. The discussions were not “not easy”Dmitry Kozak, the Russian special envoy on the Ukraine conflict. Despite the differences in reading, the truce must continue, and the ceasefire must be maintained. “Between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine,” he added. A new date is set in two weeks’ time in Berlin. “We hope that our colleagues have understood our arguments and we will have results within two weeks”The Russian envoy added. “We want to maintain this dialogue”, For his part, the Ukrainian negotiator Andrich Irmak from the Embassy of Ukraine announced.
“In the current context, today we got a good signal under difficult conditions”, stressed the French presidency. We got the re-engagement signal we were looking for., she added.
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