Diplomacy track Macron and German Chancellor visit Russia and Ukraine to heal the rift Diplomacy track Macron and German Chancellor visit Russia and Ukraine to heal the rift

Diplomacy track Macron and German Chancellor visit Russia and Ukraine to heal the rift

مسار الدبلوماسية.. ماكرون ومستشار ألمانيا يزوران روسيا وأوكرانيا لرأب الصدع يلتقي الرئيس الفرنسي إيمانويل ماكرون نظيره الروسي فلاديمير بوتين الاثنين، في العاصمة الروسية موسكو والرئيس الأوكراني فولوديمير زيلينسكي الثلاثاء في كييف، فيما يزور المستشار الألماني أولاف شولتس روسيا لإجراء محادثات مع بوتين في 15 فبراير/شباط الجاري.  يلتقي الرئيس الفرنسي إيمانويل ماكرون نظيره الروسي فلاديمير بوتين الاثنين، في العاصمة الروسية موسكو ثمّ الرئيس الأوكراني فولوديمير زيلينسكي الثلاثاء في كييف، على ما أعلن قصر الإليزيه الجمعة، في مسعى دبلوماسي جديد يُبذَل سعياً إلى خفض التوتر في الأزمة الأوكرانية.  وكثّف ماكرون في الأيام الأخيرة الاتصالات الهاتفية مع بوتين وزيلينسكي، كمّا مع الرئيس الأمريكي جو بايدن، سعياً للتوسّط في الأزمة.  وسيعقد اللقاءان على انفراد، حسب الإليزيه، إنّما "بالتنسيق مع الشركاء الأوروبيين".  وفي هذا السياق، ذكرت الرئاسة الفرنسية أن ماكرون ومستشاريه عقدوا مشاورات مع عدد من نظرائهم الأوروبيين خلال الأيام الماضية.  ويبقى التوتر شديداً، مع تأكيد واشنطن الخميس امتلاكها أدلة لم تعرضها، على أنّ موسكو تخطط لتصوير هجوم أوكراني مفبرك يستهدف الروس، لتبرير اجتياح لأوكرانيا.  غير أنّ كييف تبدي مزيداً من ضبط النفس، واعتبر وزير الدفاع أولكسي ريزنيكوف الخميس، أنّ مخاطر حدوث "تصعيد كبير" للنزاع تبقى "ضعيفة".  وأجرى ماكرون الخميس، محادثات عبر الهاتف مع كلّ من بوتين وزيلينسكي.  وأعلن الكرملين أنّ بوتين وماكرون بحثا خصوصاً "الضمانات الأمنية" التي تطالب بها موسكو خلال مكالمتهما الهاتفية الثالثة هذا الأسبوع حول هذا الموضوع، مشيراً إلى حوار "بنّاء".  وفي حين بدت أهمية الاتحاد الأوروبي محدودة خلال المحادثات الروسية-الأمريكية الأولى حول أوكرانيا، يسعى الرئيس الفرنسي منذ أسابيع إلى إعادة طرح أوروبا في المعادلة، في حين يدعو منذ سنوات إلى "الاستقلالية الاستراتيجية" للاتحاد الأوروبي.  ويعود آخر لقاء بين ماكرون وبوتين إلى عام 2019، حين دعاه الرئيس الفرنسي إلى "فور دو بريغانسون" بجنوب فرنسا.  وكان من المقرر أن يزور ماكرون موسكو في ربيع 2020 غير أنّ الزيارة أُرجئَت بسبب تفشي وباء كوفيد-19.   من جانبه يزور المستشار الألماني أولاف شولتس روسيا لإجراء محادثات مع الرئيس فلاديمير بوتين في 15 فبراير/شباط الجاري، حسب ما أعلن الكرملين الجمعة، فيما يتصاعد التوتر بين موسكو ودول الغرب بشأن أوكرانيا.  وقال المتحدّث باسم الكرملين ديمتري بيسكوف للصحفيين "سيزور شولتس موسكو في 15 الحالي"، مُضيفاً أن الزعيمين سيعقدان محادثات ثنائية "جوهرية".  وأكّد المتحدّث أيضاً زيارة الرئيس الفرنسي ايمانويل ماكرون الاثنين لموسكو حيث يلتقي بوتين.  ويتوجّه المستشار الألماني في 14 فبراير/شباط إلى كييف قبل أن ينتقل إلى العاصمة الروسية ليجتمع بدوره مع بوتين، وفق ما أورد المتحدث باسم الحكومة الألمانية فولفغانغ بوشنر الجمعة.  وقال بوشنر: "إضافة إلى المحادثات الثنائية، سيجري التركيز على الموضوعات الدولية وبينها مسائل الأمن".  وألمانيا وفرنسا هما الوسيطتان في النزاع في أوكرانيا مع الانفصاليين المدعومين من موسكو، علماً أنّ تسوية هذا النزاع تراوح مكانها بعد ثمانية أعوام من القتال.  وواجه شولتس في الأسابيع الأخيرة انتقادات لعدم حضوره الفاعل سياسياً في هذا الملف الشائك. ويستقبل المستشار الألماني الخميس قادة ليتوانيا واستونيا ولاتفيا، حسب المتحدّث.  وتبدي دول البلطيق الثلاث الأعضاء في الاتحاد الأوروبي قلقاً أمنياً في ظل الأزمة الأوكرانية.  ويشكل اللقاء بين شولتس وبوتين أول زيارة يجريها المستشار الألماني لروسيا منذ تولّيه منصبه في ديسمبر/كانون الأول.  ويؤخذ على شولتس أنّه تبنى مواقف غير ثابتة في شأن أوكرانيا وخصوصاً بعد أن رفضت ألمانيا تسليم أسلحة لكييف.  ويسعى المستشار الألماني والرئيس الفرنسي إلى ضمان احتواء شامل للتوتر بين الروس والغربيين بالنسبة إلى أوكرانيا بعدما نشرت موسكو آلافاً من جنودها على الحدود الأوكرانية وأثارت مخاوف من اجتياح محتمل.    Diplomacy track Macron and German Chancellor visit Russia and Ukraine to heal the rift  French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Monday in the Russian capital Moscow and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Tuesday in Kiev, while German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will visit Russia for talks with Putin on February 15.  French President Emmanuel Macron will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday in the Russian capital, and then Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday in Kiev, the Elysee Palace announced Friday, in a new diplomatic effort to reduce tension in the Ukraine crisis.  In recent days, Macron has intensified telephone contacts with Putin and Zelensky, as well as with US President Joe Biden, in an effort to mediate in the crisis.  The two meetings will be held separately, according to the Elysee, but "in coordination with European partners." In this context, the French presidency stated that Macron and his advisers held consultations with a number of their European counterparts during the past days.  Tension remains high, with Washington confirming Thursday that it has evidence, which it did not present, that Moscow plans to portray a fabricated Ukrainian attack targeting the Russians, to justify an invasion of Ukraine.  However, Kiev is showing more restraint, and Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said Thursday that the risks of a "significant escalation" of the conflict remain "low."  On Thursday, Macron held talks by phone with Putin and Zelensky. The Kremlin announced that Putin and Macron discussed, in particular, the "security guarantees" demanded by Moscow during their third phone call this week on this issue, referring to a "constructive" dialogue.  While the importance of the European Union seemed limited during the first Russian-US talks on Ukraine, the French president has been seeking for weeks to put Europe back into the equation, while for years he has called for the "strategic independence" of the European Union.  The last meeting between Macron and Putin dates back to 2019, when the French president invited him to "Fort de Bregançon" in southern France.  Macron was scheduled to visit Moscow in the spring of 2020, but the visit was postponed due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic. For his part, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will visit Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin on February 15, the Kremlin announced Friday, while tension escalates between Moscow and Western countries over Ukraine.  "Schulz will visit Moscow on the 15th," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that the two leaders would hold "substantive" bilateral talks.  The spokesman also confirmed French President Emmanuel Macron's visit on Monday to Moscow, where he will meet Putin. On February 14, the German chancellor will travel to Kiev before moving to the Russian capital to meet in turn with Putin, according to German government spokesman Wolfgang Buchner on Friday.  Buchner said: "In addition to the bilateral talks, the focus will be on international issues, including security issues." Germany and France are the mediators in the conflict in Ukraine with the Moscow-backed separatists, knowing that the settlement of this conflict has stalled after eight years of fighting.  In recent weeks, Schulz faced criticism for his lack of a politically active presence in this thorny issue. On Thursday, the German chancellor will receive the leaders of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, according to the spokesman.  The three Baltic states that are members of the European Union express security concerns in light of the Ukraine crisis. The meeting between Schulz and Putin is the first visit by the German chancellor to Russia since taking office in December.  Schulz is accused of adopting unstable positions on Ukraine, especially after Germany refused to deliver weapons to Kiev. The German chancellor and the French president are seeking to ensure a comprehensive containment of tension between the Russians and the West over Ukraine, after Moscow deployed thousands of its soldiers on the Ukrainian border and raised fears of a possible invasion.

Diplomacy track Macron and German Chancellor visit Russia and Ukraine to heal the rift


French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Monday in the Russian capital Moscow and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Tuesday in Kiev, while German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will visit Russia for talks with Putin on February 15.

French President Emmanuel Macron will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday in the Russian capital, and then Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday in Kiev, the Elysee Palace announced Friday, in a new diplomatic effort to reduce tension in the Ukraine crisis.

In recent days, Macron has intensified telephone contacts with Putin and Zelensky, as well as with US President Joe Biden, in an effort to mediate in the crisis.

The two meetings will be held separately, according to the Elysee, but "in coordination with European partners."
In this context, the French presidency stated that Macron and his advisers held consultations with a number of their European counterparts during the past days.

Tension remains high, with Washington confirming Thursday that it has evidence, which it did not present, that Moscow plans to portray a fabricated Ukrainian attack targeting the Russians, to justify an invasion of Ukraine.

However, Kiev is showing more restraint, and Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said Thursday that the risks of a "significant escalation" of the conflict remain "low."

On Thursday, Macron held talks by phone with Putin and Zelensky.
The Kremlin announced that Putin and Macron discussed, in particular, the "security guarantees" demanded by Moscow during their third phone call this week on this issue, referring to a "constructive" dialogue.

While the importance of the European Union seemed limited during the first Russian-US talks on Ukraine, the French president has been seeking for weeks to put Europe back into the equation, while for years he has called for the "strategic independence" of the European Union.

The last meeting between Macron and Putin dates back to 2019, when the French president invited him to "Fort de Bregançon" in southern France.

Macron was scheduled to visit Moscow in the spring of 2020, but the visit was postponed due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic.
For his part, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will visit Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin on February 15, the Kremlin announced Friday, while tension escalates between Moscow and Western countries over Ukraine.

"Schulz will visit Moscow on the 15th," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that the two leaders would hold "substantive" bilateral talks.

The spokesman also confirmed French President Emmanuel Macron's visit on Monday to Moscow, where he will meet Putin.
On February 14, the German chancellor will travel to Kiev before moving to the Russian capital to meet in turn with Putin, according to German government spokesman Wolfgang Buchner on Friday.

Buchner said: "In addition to the bilateral talks, the focus will be on international issues, including security issues."
Germany and France are the mediators in the conflict in Ukraine with the Moscow-backed separatists, knowing that the settlement of this conflict has stalled after eight years of fighting.

In recent weeks, Schulz faced criticism for his lack of a politically active presence in this thorny issue. On Thursday, the German chancellor will receive the leaders of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, according to the spokesman.

The three Baltic states that are members of the European Union express security concerns in light of the Ukraine crisis.
The meeting between Schulz and Putin is the first visit by the German chancellor to Russia since taking office in December.

Schulz is accused of adopting unstable positions on Ukraine, especially after Germany refused to deliver weapons to Kiev.
The German chancellor and the French president are seeking to ensure a comprehensive containment of tension between the Russians and the West over Ukraine, after Moscow deployed thousands of its soldiers on the Ukrainian border and raised fears of a possible invasion.

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