President Hollande warns diplomacy with Russia ‘cannot go on forever’

French President Francois Hollande has warned that diplomacy with Russia ‘cannot go on forever’ as world leaders prepare to meet Vladimir Putin to discuss and end to the war in Ukraine.

Speaking at a news conference in Paris this morning, Hollande said he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will go to Kiev this afternoon to produce a conflict-resolution deal that would be acceptable to all parties.

But he told journalists that while France and Berlin had chosen diplomacy rather than arming Kiev troops against the pro-Russian separatists, negotiations could not drag on indefinitely.


Earlier this morning US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev to join the talks, with Hollande and Merkel confirming they will be travelling on to continue the talks with Putin in Moscow tomorrow.

In a sign of the importance of the initiative, this will be Merkel’s first trip to Moscow since the conflict in Ukraine broke out a year ago.

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Warning: Speaking at a news conference in Paris this morning French President Hollande said 'diplomacy cannot go on forever' as world leaders prepare to meet Putin to discuss an end to war in the Ukraine

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