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Macron makes last-minute diplomatic bid as US warns Ukraine invasion imminent

French president says he has persuaded Vladimir Putin to endorse discussions on possible leaders’ summit

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has launched a desperate last-minute effort to try to avoid Russia invading Ukraine, amid further US warnings that war is imminent.

Macron claimed he had persuaded Vladimir Putin to endorse urgent talks aimed at securing a ceasefire in the disputed east of Ukraine. They also agreed, during a 105-minute telephone call on Sunday, to hold discussions in the hope of organising a leaders’ summit to review the future security architecture of Europe, Macron said.

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