"In terms of the Ukrainian situation, we’ve spoken at length on various aspects, on putting into place the Minsk process," Macron said after the talks, adding that both France and Russia were eager to re-engage shortly in a dialogue in the Normandy format.

He also stressed his will to "have access to the report of the OSCE on structurally important aspects in the region."

Read alsoPutin says Russia sanctions not to contribute to Ukraine settlementMacron spoke of his desire to see the Minsk Agreements fully implemented, which he believes is the only way toward de-escalation in eastern Ukraine.

"I confirm to you at this stage I have suggestions that don’t exclude escalation but that’s not my hope," Macron said. "What I’d like is through the Minsk agreement to find a solution."