French President Emmanuel Macron said he did not rule out the possibility of a trip to Moscow. He made the corresponding statement during his visit to the commune of Tourcoing in the Hauts-de-France region before an informal meeting of the Interior Ministers of the EU countries, TASS reports.
"I'm not ruling anything out," he said, adding that a possible trip to Russia would depend "on the progress of negotiations in the coming hours."
Macron stressed that the priority for France is the de-escalation of the situation around Ukraine.
On January 28, Russian and French Presidents Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron discussed Russian proposals on security guarantees by telephone. Putin noted that the Russian side would carefully study the written responses received on January 26 from the United States and NATO to draft agreements on security guarantees, after which it would decide on its further actions.
The next telephone conversation took place on 31 January. The heads of state agreed on further contacts by telephone, as well as on the operational study of the possibility of holding a personal meeting between the presidents of Russia and France.