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Macron Sees Decisive Next Few Days for Ukraine After Putin Meeting

Putin suggested some of Macron’s ideas could help defuse the crisis.
Macron sees decisive next few days for Ukraine after Putin meeting
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Moscow, Russia February 7, 2022. Sputnik/Kremlin via REUTERS

The coming days will be crucial in the Ukraine standoff, French President Emmanuel Macron said after a meeting on Monday with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who suggested some progress had been made in the talks.

Putin said the first Moscow summit he has held with a Western leader since the Kremlin began massing troops near its neighbor had been substantive, but also repeated warnings about the threat of war were Ukraine to join NATO.

Russia, jostling for influence in post-Cold War Europe, wants security guarantees that include a promise of no missile deployments near its borders and a scaling back of NATO’s military infrastructure.

The West has said some of Russia’s demands are “non-starters” but it is willing to talk about arms control and confidence-building steps.

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