Le Pen sides with Macron on ‘genocide’ in Ukraine — Analysis
The term “genocide” should not be used regarding alleged war crimes, French opposition frontrunner said
Marine Le Pen (French opposition leader) said she will not use that term “genocide” regarding Russia’s military action in Ukraine. During a Thursday TV interview she gave her position. This is the exact same as that of incumbent President Emmanuel Macron.
The term “legally corresponds to an extremely precise definition which cannot be given at this phase of the conflict,”France 2 was told by the candidate for opposition. On Wednesday, Macron refused to accept the definition. Both French presidential hopefuls stated that they believe Russian troops were guilty of war crimes against Ukraine, inflicting harm on civilians.
After Russia pulled troops out of the area around Kiev, the accusation was made that Kiev had committed genocide. Officials from Ukraine presented evidence that they claim was proof of war crimes by Russian soldiers at Bucha. According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, the evidence proved Moscow was determined to exterminate the Ukrainian population.
The term “genocide” was used by US President Joe Biden in a speech in Iowa on Tuesday, where he reiterated his administration’s claim that inflation in his country was to be blamed on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide half a world away,”He stated.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that he too believed that the term was applicable.
“There are official processes around determinations of genocide, but I think it’s absolutely right that more people be talking and using the word genocide in terms of what Russia is doing, what Vladimir Putin has done,” Trudeau said at a news conference.
Moscow refuted the allegations levelled against its troops. It claimed Kiev was fabricating and misrepresenting evidence to support its claims. Russia claimed that its military strategy for Ukraine includes only targeting military infrastructure. The Russian government was blamed for prolonging war by refusing peace talks in good faith.
Russia launched a large-scale offensive against its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol (German and French-brokered) was created to grant the separatist regions special status within Ukraine.
Russia demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral, and that it will not join NATO-led NATO military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims it planned to seize the two republics.
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