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“Macron on communication with Putin: Disappointed is not strong enough word https://www.ukrinform.net
President of France Emmanuel Macron has acknowledged that his talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin have not yielded the desired results but considers it necessary to continue these talks.
“Given the number of hours I spent talking to him [Putin] and my current insight, especially after visiting Irpin and Bucha, if we talk about the result, I’m not just disappointed – it’s not enough a strong word when you see this barbarism and what all this [Putin’s actions] has led to,” Macron told Ukrainian journalists on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
He noted that he had talked to Putin on his own initiative and on behalf of France, but had informed his EU counterparts about the communication every time.
“Sometimes I did that at the request of President Zelensky when he wanted to convey certain messages or proposals to Putin,” Macron said.
According to the President of France, he had no illusions about the intentions of the Russian leader.
“That’s why I worked so hard to prevent this war from being unleashed. That’s why I went to Moscow in the winter and spent so much time with this person. Because I understood that every new stage he goes to, every new step would create something irreversible for both Ukraine and Russia,” he said.
At the same time, Macron noted that despite the current fruitlessness of talks with Putin, in his opinion, “this will still have to be done because one way or another, sooner or later Putin will have to talk to President Zelensky and negotiate.”
As reported, on June 16, President of France Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi, and President of Romania Klaus Iohannis arrived in Ukraine and held talks with President Zelensky.
On February 24, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russian troops shell and destroy key infrastructure, massively fire on residential neighbourhoods of Ukrainian cities, towns, and villages using artillery, MLRS, aviation bombs, and ballistic missiles”.
“France, Germany will never be negotiators behind Ukraine’s back – Macron https://www.ukrinform.net
French President Emmanuel Macron has said that France and Germany will not demand any concessions from Ukraine for talks with Russia.
Macron said this at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Romania President Klaus Iohannis and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Thursday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.
Speaking about “red lines” in the talks, Macron noted that Europeans have always supported the Ukrainian people, as evidenced, in particular, by unprecedented sanctions imposed by the European Union against Russia.
“At the same time, we did not go to war with the Russian people, that is, collectively we are not waging such a war. That is why we, absolutely transparently, each time informing President Zelensky, continued negotiations with the Russian president […] in particular, in the current issues that arise – now it is a question of food security. And it is in this context that we maintain a channel of dialogue [with Russia],” Macron said.
However, he stressed that the terms and format of these talks are determined by Ukraine “Neither Germany nor France will ever be negotiators behind Ukraine’s back. And they will never demand any concessions from Ukraine – this has never been and never will be the case. We are here only to act as a demanding mediator, to bring more clarity and set certain requirements, but in no case to receive any concessions,” Macron said.
“Conditions will be put forward only by the Ukrainian president and only on the terms that will be accepted by the Ukrainian people,” he said.
Macron also stressed that Ukraine must win this war “in a way so as to preserve territorial integrity and sovereignty.” He emphasized that France’s position on this issue is absolutely clear.
French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis arrived in Ukraine on June 16.
They visited Irpin and held talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky.“ https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-polytics/3508551-france-germany-will-never-be-negotiators-behind-ukraines-back-macron.html
Photos from the President’s Office (cropped): https://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/volodimir-zelenskij-u-kiyevi-proviv-zustrich-z-liderami-nime-75845