Macron and Merkel to meet Ukraine's Zelensky an April 16

Macron and Merkel to meet Ukraine's Zelensky an April 16

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks on Friday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

President Macron will receive Zelensky for lunch in Paris and both men will then talk with Chancellor Angela Merkel by video link, the French presidency said on Thursday.

In recent weeks Moscow has amassed tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine's northern and eastern borders, as well as on the Crimean peninsula. Russia's defence ministry says the troops are merely responding to "threatening" actions by the Nato alliance and participating in military drills.

On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden and Germany's Merkel called on Russia to reduce its border deployment. Biden has proposed a summit with Putin - an offer that Russia is still considering.

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