According to Le Figaro, Putin demands autonomy of all "Russian-speaking" people and non-aligned status of Ukraine in exchange for peace in the Donbas. Ukraine and European representatives came to know about it before the meeting of the Franco-German couple and Vladimir Putin, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the publication.
Russia is concerned that the debates about arms shipments to Ukraine are becoming increasingly active. But, directing his demands to Merkel and Hollande to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin overtook the Americans who sent John Kerry in Kyiv on Thursday to discuss the possibility of arms supplies to Ukraine.
The measure of success of Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande is fulfillment of the Minsk protocols and effective implementation of each of the twelve items, including the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine and cease of weapons supply to the militants. But that's not all. According to preliminary data, the Franco-German peace plan will ensure the neutrality of Ukraine and federal solution to freeze the conflict in the east. But it will not solve the main problem.
"The Franco-German peace plan will provide Ukraine's neutrality and federal solution to freeze the conflict in the Donbas. Vladimir Putin is very happy that the European Union has the same interest in establishing itself as the sole interlocutor in the Kremlin. Also, Putin received the European leaders" guarantee that "Ukraine will not join NATO," Le Figaro writes.