Russian President Vladimir Putin did not mention ending the war in Ukraine in a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Schultz.
Although the three leaders discussed the Ukraine war over the phone for about 75 minutes on Saturday, Putin did not show any flexibility, according to an official at the Elysee Palace in the French president’s office.
In a telephone conversation, French President Emmanuel Macron called on Putin to end the war in Ukraine. “President Putin does not appear to be ready to end the war,” said an official at the Elysee Palace.
According to Reuters, the two leaders of Western Europe, Emanuel Macron and Chancellor Olaf have called for a ceasefire in Ukraine on full talks.
The French president’s office has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of lying, saying Ukrainian troops were responsible for human rights abuses.
In the last few days, there has been an acute shortage of food, water and medicine in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. Thousands of people are trapped in the city due to the Russian attack and live inhumane lives. The French president has called on the Russian president to lift the blockade on the city. However, the Russian president did not respond positively to his call.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryakov has warned that Western-supplied military weapons in Ukraine could be a “legitimate target” for the Russian armed forces.
“We have warned the United States not to supply arms to Ukraine,” he said on state television. Weapons are being supplied to Ukraine from several countries. Not only is this a dangerous move, but it is also a move that could become a “legitimate target” for the Russian military.
“We have warned of the possible consequences of this reckless transfer of weapons to Ukraine, such as the air defence system and the anti-tank missile system,” Sergei Ryakov said.