France's Macron: Aiming To Talk To Putin In Next 48 - 72 Hours Over Mariupol Siege
BRUSSELS - French President Emmanuel Macron said he was targeting more talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin within the next 48 - 72 hours regarding the situation in Ukraine and an initiative to help people leave the besieged city of Mariupol.
Macron said he was coordinating efforts with Greece and Turkey and hoped to convince Russia to allow the evacuation.
The southeastern port of Mariupol, a city 400,000 before the war, has been among the worst hit by the Russian bombardment. Tens of people are still believed to be trapped with little access to food, power of heat, while the city around them has been reduced to ruins.
There was a concrete discussion today with the Mayor of Mariupol. We are coordinating and we will then negotiate with the Russians', Macron told reporters after an EU summit in Brussels. 'The quickest possible, we hope in the next few days. I will have a conversation with President Putin in the next 48 to 72 hours to finalize the details and modalities. It is urgent', added Macron.