No breakthrough for Macron after Putin meeting
French President Emmanuel Macron met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Monday and while there were no clear breakthrough, the French leader said that was not necessarily his goal.
He told reporters that he did not think “for a second” that Putin would make concessions, Reuters reported. Macron also met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy who said he would welcome concrete steps from Putin for de-escalation. He said he didn’t “trust words in general.”
Macron also sought to temper expectations.
“Let’s not be naive,” he said. “Since the beginning of the crisis, France hasn’t been inclined to exaggerate, but at the same time, I don’t believe this crisis can be settled in a few hours, through discussions” –Edmund DeMarche, AP
Russian warships heading to Black Sea for naval drills
Six Russian warships are currently heading to the Black Sea — which borders Ukraine — for previously-planned naval drills, Reuters reports, citing the Russian Interfax news agency.
Moscow last month announced military exercises involving all of its fleets in the Pacific and Atlantic, according to Reuters. The ships are expected to travel though Turkey’s straits today and tomorrow in order to enter the Black Sea, sources told the news agency. – Greg Norman