Speaking on French radio, Macron said he had secured the agreement of several of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to back a call by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire. Macron said that China, the US and the UK were on board and he was optimistic about Russia.
CNN has contacted the Chinese mission to the UN and the US State Department for comment. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday: 'Most likely, work is underway -- at the expert level, our diplomats are working on this before we can join it. As soon as this work is completed and [passes] approval with other partners, relevant statements will be made.'