For the first time since the current tensions began between Russia and Ukraine, official representatives of both conflict countries want to meet for talks.
A consultant-level meeting is scheduled for today in Paris. France and Germany are also to take part in the meeting in the Normandy format. As it was said from the Elysee Palace, it is about humanitarian measures and future considerations of Ukraine.
According to ORF They also want to find a date on which Ukraine will negotiate with the separatists loyal to the Kremlin about a special status for the Donbass region. Ukraine has so far officially rejected this. She sees Moscow and not the separatists as a negotiating partner.
Western countries are concerned that Russia could escalate the conflict with a military invasion of Ukraine. Moscow has denied such intentions and accused the US of fueling tensions in the Ukraine conflict by putting thousands of US soldiers on high alert. “The United States is escalating tensions,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.