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WorldFrench and German leaders urge immediate ceasefire in Ukraine

French and German leaders urge immediate ceasefire in Ukraine

BERLIN

French President Emmanuel Macron of Germany and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday reiterated the need to implement an immediate ceasefire in the Russo-Ukrainian war.

“What we want to achieve is a truce, and this [harus] as soon as possible. We will do everything to reach this ceasefire,” Macron said at a joint news conference with Scholz in Berlin.

Only a ceasefire will allow the progress of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, Macron added.

Preventing war from spreading in Europe is a must, the French president said.

Macron stressed the ultimate goal in ending the conflict is to secure “peace and a permanent withdrawal of Russian troops” from Ukraine.

Earlier, the French president said Monday in Strasbourg, where the European Parliament is based, that Russia should not be “humiliated” in any peace deal.

Meanwhile, Scholz said Moscow “cannot dictate” a peace agreement with Kyiv.

He urged “progress in negotiations” between the Russian and Ukrainian sides.

This war must end, Scholz added, reaffirming that Russia is responsible for what he calls a “war of aggression.”

Scholz stressed that the “terrible war of aggression” unites European partners, adding that it is important to act together.

The German chancellor stressed “Ukraine is part of the European family.”

France and Germany supported Ukraine militarily and politically and financially in the face of war with Russia.

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