Polish, French, German leaders meet to discuss Ukraine

"We must show that we speak in one voice," the Polish president stressed. Thibault Camus/PAP/EPA

The Polish and French presidents and the German chancellor have met in a trilateral formula for the first time in years to discuss the current tensions at the Russia-Ukraine border.

Meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, Poland's Andrzej Duda, France's Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Olaf Scholz revived the Weimar Triangle, a three-decade-old format of trilateral talks.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Macron and Scholz, Andrzej Duda said that the main task for the leaders was to prevent a new war. "I believe we'll do it," he added.

"We must show that we speak in one voice," the Polish president stressed.

"It is our great task to ensure peace for our societies and nations, it is our great task to protect international law and territorial integrity also of those countries that are not members of either the EU or Nato, but are our allies," Duda said.

The German chancellor said that any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity was unacceptable and would have far-reaching consequences for Russia in "political, economic and geo-strategic dimensions."

Scholz also recalled his Monday talks with US President Joe Biden in Washington, which were devoted to the Russia-Ukraine tensions as well.

"We were in complete agreement on the issue," the German chancellor said.

Emmanuel Macron, who met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday and with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev on Tuesday, said that France was determined to continue its diplomatic efforts, calling them "the only path to end the conflict around Ukraine."

The French president stressed the role of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which is now chaired by Poland. "OSCE has a key role here, we must renew the dialogue," Macron said. "It was already mentioned by presidents Putin and Zelensky."

"It is the only way to preserve peace in Ukraine, this stage is pivotal for us to continue our actions," he added.

Russia has massed more than 100,000 troops near its border with Ukraine and has demanded concessions from Nato, including assurances that the bloc will not accept any new eastern members.

Nato has rejected the Kremlin's demands and decided to send a few thousand troops to its eastern flank to reassure the bloc's eastern members, which have been alarmed by Russia's assertive moves.