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Macron calls on Putin to ensure further evacuation from Azovstal – Elysee Palace

PARIS. May 3 (Interfax-Ukraine) – French President Emmanuel Macron in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called on Russia to ensure the continuation of the evacuation from Azovstal plant in Mariupol, according to a press release of the Elysee Palace.

"He called on Russia to allow the evacuation of the Azovstal plant… to continue in coordination with humanitarian organizations, giving the evacuees a choice of place of arrival in accordance with international humanitarian law," according to the statement.

Macron, in a conversation with Putin, also expressed concern about the situation in Donbas.

The French president "expressed his readiness to work with competent international organizations to help lift the Russian blockade of Ukrainian food exports through the Black Sea."

In addition, Macron again called for a ceasefire in Ukraine, and also expressed his readiness to work on finding conditions for resolving the situation in the country through negotiations.