Macron names conditions for Russia visit — Analysis
The French president says he would go to Moscow in exchange for certain “gestures” from President Vladimir Putin
Emmanuel Macron, the president of France has stated that he will not exclude traveling to Russia for a meeting with Vladimir Putin. However, he must meet certain conditions. During a visit to Kiev, Macron said that Paris supported Ukraine and would take steps to prevent any escalation in the conflict.
Macron believes his continued contact with Putin does not affect France’s relations with Ukraine. He said that he would continue to work with Russian President on humanitarian and food security issues.
French President Francois Hollande said that some people don’t understand his strategy of keeping contact with Russia. But he “thinks it is France’s role” to continue to do so. Macron answered a question about whether or not he will visit Russia. “gestures”On the part of Russia’s president.
Although he didn’t specify exactly what he expected Russia to do in return, he stated that he was willing to engage with Putin. “transparent way”It is only possible when it is “useful.”He also supported his previous statement, that Russia should not be humiliated for its actions in Ukraine.
This was the mistake France made with Germany following WWI. It led to war and chaos when WWII broke out.
Macron called for Kiev to resume negotiations with Moscow and return to the negotiation table earlier this week. Macron suggested France might be a mediator and added that Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, could also serve. “is going to have to negotiate with Russia.”
Macron also warned at that time that Russia’s prolonged hostility was not sustainable long-term solutions for European security. Macron stated Friday that oil and food prices have continued to rise in France as a result of the conflict. “we have to take exceptional decisions in exceptional times.”
Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Germany), Mario Draghi (Italy) and Klaus Iohannis (Rumanian President) arrived at Kiev Thursday. During the visit, he voiced support for Ukraine’s EU candidacy status.
Moscow expressed the hope that these four leaders would help Kiev to adopt a better policy. “realistic”The Ukrainian government has taken a stance against the conflict and stated that the supply of more arms to Ukraine will only make the people more miserable and create more chaos.
Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.
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