France, Germany reiterate support to Ukrainian territorial integrity

On April 16, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held security talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris, the German Chancellor joining the talks via video conferencing. Both Merkel and Macron reiterated their support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine amidst an environment of tension in Eastern Ukraine with growing violations of a cease-fire and a massive Russian military build-up near its border with the region.    

After the meeting on April 16, the Office of the German Chancellor said that “three discussed “the security situation along the Ukrainian-Russian border, as well as in eastern Ukraine. They shared their concerns about the buildup of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine … They demanded the withdrawal of these troop reinforcements so as to achieve a de-escalation of the situation.” 

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