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Putin gave no indication in Macron call he's preparing invasion - French presidency official

World Feb 12, 2022 01:35PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Moscow, Russia February 7, 2022. Sputnik/Kremlin via REUTERS/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) -Russian President Vladimir Putin gave no indication in a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday that he was preparing to invade Ukraine, a French presidency official said.

The two leaders spoke at a time of high tension over Russia's massing of troops near the Ukrainian border, with Washington saying on Friday that Moscow could invade at any moment. Russia has denied it plans to invade.

"We see no indication in what President Putin says that he is going to go on the offensive," the official told reporters after Macron and Putin spoke on the phone for nearly 90 minutes.

"We are nevertheless extremely vigilant and alert to the Russian (military) posture in order to avoid the worst."

Separately, the Kremlin said that Putin had highlighted during the call with Macron a "lack of a substantive response from the United States and NATO to well-known Russian initiatives". This referred to a series of Russian security demands, including that it bar Ukraine from ever joining NATO.

Putin and Macron also discussed the situation related to "provocative speculations" around an allegedly planned Russian invasion, the Kremlin said.

The Elysee official said France recommended that French nationals avoid trips to Ukraine and preparations would be made for embassy staff and their families to leave the country if they wanted.

The French ambassador would review the situation for the some 1,000 French nationals in the country, many of whom hold both French and Ukrainian citizenship, the official said. The United States and many other countries have urged citizens to leave Ukraine amid fears of an invasion.

Macron visited Moscow earlier this week and then and in their call on Saturday the two discussed ways to move forward on the implementation of the Minsk Agreements on achieving peace in eastern Ukraine, as well conditions for security and stability in Europe, the Elysee said separately in a statement.

Macron also spoke on Saturday with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz as well as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and was due to speak with U.S. President Joe Biden.

In the call with Zelenskiy, Macron restated his support for the Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Elysee said.

Scholz is due to visit Kyiv on Monday followed by Moscow on Tuesday, and the Elysee said the French and German positions were "perfectly aligned".

Putin gave no indication in Macron call he's preparing invasion - French presidency official
 

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Ahmed Ogidan
Ahmed Ogidan Feb 12, 2022 6:34PM ET
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There is no invasion happening. Western media with their usual hysteria. Pathetic
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Feb 12, 2022 2:44PM ET
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More than likely Russia could be planning something more minor, and likely in response to provocations by Biden and NATO.  Of course Biden, the Dems, and their mainstream media supporters will engineer and exaggerate the outcome in order to have a big distraction from their mounting domestic failures.  Unfortunately for everyone this will only contribute to the inflationary problems, and not only in America.
Don Getty
Don Getty Feb 12, 2022 2:44PM ET
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low effort article - cause people who invade broadcast that before they do - cause thats how you win - must be a very slow news day
CJ Burton
CJ Burton Feb 12, 2022 2:44PM ET
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Isn't it interesting that on the day that all the news could talk about was the massive inflation numbers, and that the average person is spending 276 more a Month (that's a car payment less than 3 years ago!) That suddenly a news story at 2pm is "leaked" saying Russia was about invade, there is a press conference that had NO new news other than they "think" it will happen, and ***all the bad inflation news is gone... 🤔
Gamer Forex
Gamer Forex Feb 12, 2022 2:44PM ET
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probably, the Russians deliberately chose this time to start the war 💁🏻
 
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