Example with a context:
Asked if France would join the United States in providing such equipment to the Ukrainian military, Hollande said "the option of negotiation, of diplomacy, cannot be extended indefinitely."
But the French President emphasized that first, both he and Merkel were working together toward a proposal they hope will be acceptable to all parties in the conflict.
"We want to develop a German and French negotiation document, along with Ukraine and also with Putin, he said.
"If we succeed, we will have avoided an escalation of the conflict. If we fail, and this hypothesis remains, what will be said? That France and Germany will have done everything they could do to take action to resolve the conflict."
To me, it sounds like there would be absolutely no difference if we used either one. What do you think?