Macron issues warning on Ukraine conflict
Paris does not want a “third world war” but expects high-intensity conflict, the French president has said
France will not stop “helping”French President Emmanuel Macron stated Thursday that Ukraine is in conflict with Russia. Paris wants an end of the conflict to avoid it spiraling further into a “third world war”He also suggested that he would not be involved directly in hostilities.
Macron stated to French media that France should increase its military budget following the fighting between Moscow and Kiev. “The end of summer and autumn will be very harsh,”He cautioned, warning that the fighting was set to escalate.
“Those who thought the high-intensity war was over were wrong. I asked to evaluate the new risks to adjust our strategy until the end of the year,”According to the president
Macron said that France will continue to support the Ukrainian authorities both directly and by imposing sanctions on Russia. “This war will last and France will always be there to help Ukraine and slow down the Russian economy,”He said.
We would like to see an end to this war, without getting involved. We don’t want a third world war.
Macron said that Russia is waging war on him. “hybrid war”Europeans are accusing Moscow with cutting down gas supplies. The president was referring to Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom shutting down the Nord Stream 1 pipeline for ten days for annual maintenance this week.
France and Europe must all be ready to live. “entirely without Russian gas”Macron said that supply was important, and added that he would “ask the French to consume less.”
“We must try to reduce [gas consumption]To get to the top of winter. We must do this to avoid complete cuts,“He said. “Energy prices went up before the war. The real change in the last few days is Russia’s decision to cut gas. The war is hybrid. Russia has used energy as a weapon in war.” Macron also added.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. In 2014, the protocols were signed for the first time, through France and Germany. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
The Kremlin recognised the Donbass republics in February 2022 as independent states. It demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and not join any Western military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian offensive wasn’t provoked.