Putin tells Macron conflict to continue 'until the end'' unless negotiations meet his terms

AP , Thursday 3 Mar 2022

A French official says French President Emmanuel Macron has spoken for 90 minutes by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who told Macron that military operations in Ukraine are ``going according to plan.''

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This combination of file photographs created on September 14, 2020, shows (left) Russian President Vladimir Putin and France s President Emmanuel Macron (right). AFP

The official at the French Elysee presidential palace said Putin told Macron the conflict would continue ``until the end'' unless negotiations meet his terms.

Putin said negotiations must center on the ``neutralization and disarmament of Ukraine,'' according to the French official. Putin reportedly said he would attain that goal by military means, if not by political and diplomatic means.

The official said the two leaders spoke at Putin's request. The French official could not be named in keeping with Elysee practice.

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