December 9, 2019 / 11:14 PM / 8 months ago

France says differences remain on Ukraine on local elections calendar

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin give a press conference after a summit on Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris, December 9, 2019. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that there remained clear differences between Ukraine and Russia on the calendar for elections in eastern Ukraine, but said they hoped to reach a compromise within four months.

“We know there are disagreements on the calendar and phasing and we had a long discussion on it, but we said let’s give ourselves four months to articulate the security and political conditions for these local elections,” Macron told a news conference after a meeting with the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and Germany in Paris. “We saw the differences today. We didn’t find the miracle solution, but we have advanced on it.”

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Leslie Adler

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