Macron defends dialogue with Russia against Polish PM — Analysis

Continuing talks with Moscow can help build a “new architecture of peace,” the French president said

French President Emmanuel Macron slammed Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for his comments. “scandalous.” Morawiecki criticized the French leader’s efforts aimed at maintaining dialogue with Moscow amid the ongoing military action in Ukraine.

“These statements are both baseless and scandalous,” Macron told French TF1 TV on Wednesday, in reference to the Polish prime minister’s comments from earlier this week. Morawiecki criticised several European leaders, including Macron. He said that they had achieved little by merely engaging with the Kremlin.

“We do not discuss, we do not negotiate with criminals,”The Polish Prime Minister said this as he likened Russian President Vladimir Putin with Adolf Hitler.

“I take full responsibility for having spoken to the president of Russia, in the name of France, to avoid the war and to build a new architecture for peace in Europe several years ago,”Macron added that Macron wasn’t neither “naïve”nor “complicit”Like “others,”Without going into detail about who he was thinking.

French President Accused the Polish prime Minister of Playing a Role in Political Stunts. Morawiecki was a well-known Eurosceptic. “a far-right party”And “supports” Macron’s right-wing rival, Marine Le Pen.

‘Always respect Russia,’ Macron urges

Macron has repeatedly vowed to continue talking to Moscow and “respect”Russia, even though he condemned the operation as an agression “historic mistake.”

Moscow launched a large-scale offensive against Ukraine in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol, which was negotiated by France and Germany, was intended to regulate the state of regions in the Ukrainian country.

Russia demanded Ukraine be declared neutral by Washington and refuse to join NATO’s military alliance. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to take the two rebel territories by force.

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