Macron demands Russia stop offensive, says Putin agrees to halt strikes on civilians

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France's President Emmanuel Macron meets representatives of the agricultural world after a speech as he visits the Paris International Agricultural Show (Salon International de l'Agriculture) at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris, France, February 26, 2022. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

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PARIS, Feb 28 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated the international community's demands to halt Russia's offensive in Ukraine in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, Macron's office said.

Macron also urged Putin to stop all strikes on civilians in Ukraine, preserve the civilian infrastructure and provide safe access to key roads, especially south of Kyiv, Macron's office said.

"President Putin confirmed his willingness to commit on these three points," the Elysee palace said, adding that Macron and Putin also agreed to stay in contact over coming days.

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Reporting by Michel Rose; editing by John Stonestreet

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