Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would brief French President Emmanuel Macron on his phone talks with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, as there are things that inspire "cautious optimism".

As reported earlier, Putin and Zelensky talked over the phone on Aug 7.

"I will inform Mr. President about my recent contacts with the newly elected President of Ukraine. There are some things that can be discussed here, that inspire such cautious optimism," Putin told journalists.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, France promised to increase efforts in the "Normandy format" (Ukraine, France, Germany, Russia) aimed at reaching settlement in Donbas.

On Monday, August 19, French President Emmanuel Macron received Russian President Vladimir Putin with the hope of pushing Moscow to take steps to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.