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France and Germany advocate ceasefire in Moscow-kyiv talks: Macron

France and Germany want to reach a quick ceasefire in Ukraine that will allow negotiations between kyiv and Moscow to be completed in order to achieve peace, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.

“What we want to achieve is a quick ceasefire that will put an end to the negotiations that have started between the delegations of Russia and Ukraine in order to achieve peace and a lasting withdrawal of the Russian troops. That is our goal. We want to help Ukraine negotiate on the terms it will determine,” Macron said at a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, adding that the only way to achieve to peace is “at the negotiating table with the participation of Russia and Ukraine”.

Macron also said that together with Scholz he would discuss with Volodymyr Zelensky the idea of ​​creating a new European political community that would be able to accept Ukraine into its ranks.

“That (the idea of ​​creating a new European political community) will be one of the topics that we will discuss, with Chancellor Scholz, with President Zelenskyy,” Macron added.

Earlier in the day, Macron said Ukraine could take years, if not decades, to become a member of the European Union unless the bloc lowers its membership standards.

Russian-Ukrainian peace talks began in late February. Since then, delegations from both countries have met twice in Belarus and agreed to continue online consultations. At the end of March, the delegations met in Turkey, where the Ukrainian side submitted its written proposals for a future ceasefire agreement.

However, negotiations have since stalled. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blamed the deadlock in the talks on the inconsistency of Ukraine’s position, particularly on issues related to Crimea and the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.

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