Europe Markets: European stocks rally as Ukraine’s president cools to NATO membership

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European stocks rallied at the start of trade on Wednesday, buoyed by an interview from Ukraine’s president in which he appeared to make major concessions.

The Stoxx Europe 600

rose 2.2% to 424.28, helped by a rally in the beleaguered banking sector.

Gainers included BNP Paribas

and Deutsche Post

Of the major regional indexes, the German DAX

surged 3.5%, the French CAC 40

surged 3.1% and the U.K. FTSE 100

gained 2.1%.

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average

rose 323 points.

Volodymr Zelensky told ABC News that “I have cooled down regarding the question” of NATO membership and said he was open to dialogue on the fate of Eastern Ukraine republics, Donetsk and Lugansky, that Russia recognizes as independent.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week said Ukraine had no “serious prospect” of NATO membership. Russia’s and Ukraine’s foreign ministers are due to meet Thursday in Turkey.

“While the contours of the end of this war are becoming visible, that doesn’t necessarily mean the fighting will stop any time soon,” said Arne Petimezas, senior analyst at AFS Group.

Polymetal International
the Anglo-Russian gold miner, surged 37%.

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