New York Times News Service, Brussels.
Published by: Yogesh sahu
Updated Wed, Nov 17, 2021 01:02 am IST
Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron
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Belarus, close to Russia, says the accusations against it of creating a refugee crisis are unfounded. French President Emmanuel Macron has had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the whole issue. A Macron adviser said that according to the president, we are ready to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty and our territorial integrity.
On this, Putin said that these situations are increasing the tension between Russia and NATO. According to the information, both leaders agreed from this conversation that both parties should back down. However, Russia insisted that the EU should speak directly to Belarus on this issue.
Will try to reduce tensions: Russia
After talks between the presidents of France and Russia, the two leaders held talks to reduce tension at the border for about two and a half hours. According to a statement issued by Russia’s Rashtrapati Bhavan, both highlighted the need for humanitarian efforts for migrants but did not announce concrete steps. Moscow said it would try to help defuse the tension.