Ukraine under attack: Hollande says risk of escalation in Ukraine is real - Reuters

16:40 Aug. 30, 2016

Hollande says risk of escalation in Ukraine is real - Reuters

French President Francois Hollande (4th R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) attend peace talks over the crisis in Ukraine on February 12, 2015 in Minsk, Belarus. (GettyImages Photo)

French President: talks should be held to decrease hostilities in Eastern Ukraine

Tensions in Ukraine has worsened in recent months and are at risk of further deteriorating. A new round of talks should be held to reduce the hostilities and impose permanent ceasefire. This is reported by French President Francois Hollande, according to Reuters. 

'This summer, the situation has become much worse. The risks of escalation are high,' Hollande told an annual gathering of French ambassadors.

Read also: Expert Analysis: Minsk agreements ‘null and void' – US must step in

The French President added, he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had had contact throughout August with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.

Hollande's statement arrived amid the rumors about a new meeting between French, German and Russian leaders at the G20 summit in China on September 4-5.

Read also: Putin sees no sense in 'Normandy format' meetings - Ukraine President's envoy

According to the Kremlin, the negotiations on the meeting are ongoing, but nothing is confirmed yet.

Earlier information emerged about possible informal conversation between Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin in China. 

Ukraine and Syria are expected to top the agenda of their talks, should they happen. 

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