Russian President Vladimir Putin visits French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Chateau de Versailles, Paris, France (May 29, 2017)

French President Emmanuel Macron to meet Vladimir Putin: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. Pressure on Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron is due to host Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks at his holiday residence in Bregancon in southern France on Monday. Putin is seldom invited by major Western powers for visits at a time of growing tensions between Russia and the West. Macron is expected to put pressure on Russian leader to end the conflict in the Donbass and to release 24 Ukrainian sailors captured during the Kerch Strait incident at the end of last year.

2. The Implementation of the Minsk Agreements

According to Alexander Baunov, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center, the main public issue will be reviving the Minsk accords signed in 2015. Recently, Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE have recently announced an “indefinite” ceasefire in the Donbass. As expected, the truce has not been implemented, and the Minsk agreements remain a dead letter. “Peace progress” is possible only if Moscow ends its support to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic. It remains to be seen if Putin will be ready to fulfil such demands.

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