Berlin and Moscow agree to meet in January on Ukraine

Berlin and Moscow agree to meet in January on Ukraine

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Moscow and Berlin have agreed to a meeting “in early January” as part of the efforts to appease the Russo-Western crisis around Ukraine, a German government source said on Saturday. to AFP.

This meeting will take place between the diplomatic adviser of the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Jens Ploetner, and the envoy of the Kremlin in the peace negotiations in Ukraine, Dmitri Kozak.

The principle of this meeting was validated during a telephone conversation Thursday between Mr. Scholz and the Russian head of state Vladimir Putin, according to the German source.

The latter once again insisted on the need for a “de-escalation” in the region and a “reactivation” of the Normandy format, which brings together Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia to try to achieve a lasting peace between these two countries./p>

The Normandy format, launched at the start of the Ukrainian conflict in 2014, has stalled. & nbsp;

However, Europeans fear to remain permanently under the sidelines in the crisis around Ukraine, at a time when Moscow and Washington are preparing to negotiate directly on the subject.

The United States have said they are ready for a “diplomatic dialogue” with Russia at the beginning of January.

For more than a month, the West has accused Russia of having massed around 100,000 soldiers at the Ukrainian border with a view to a military intervention and multiplies warnings to the Kremlin, which denies any bellicose intent.

Russia has demanded “security guarantees” from the West, which include a ban on the extension of the alliance NATO military in particular to Ukraine.

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