The French president has expressed willingness to visit Russia to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, stressing the need to keep in touch with Russian presidents Vladimir Putin and Zelensky.
“I do not rule out anything. My priority is to de-escalate tensions and find a political solution to the crisis,” the French president said. Emmanuel Macron Say before talking to your American counterpart Joe Biden Yesterday, the possibility of visiting was mentioned Russia Seeking diplomatic resolution of tensions Ukraine.
“The most important thing is to continue the European coordination and keep in touch with the Russian president Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. I’m not ruling out any initiative or travel, depending on how discussions go in the next few hours,” he said.
During the call, Biden and Macron pledged to coordinate their response to Russia’s deployment near the Ukrainian border. “Both sides affirmed their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They also assessed their diplomacy and are prepared to impose severe economic sanctions on Russia should it attack its neighbors,” the White House said in a statement.
Macron is scheduled to speak with Putin today.
Over the years, the French president has affirmed that Europe must maintain a dialogue channel with Moscow, saying that in the context of China’s rise, dialogue is better than confronting Russia directly. Paris has also issued a more moderate statement than its NATO partners on Moscow’s troop deployment.
Tensions escalated after the United States and NATO accused Russia of amassing more than 100,000 troops near the border and planning attacks on neighboring countries. Russia has repeatedly denied the news, calling it “baseless”, claiming that all military operations on the western border are purely defensive.
Putin said yesterday that the West ignored Russia’s security concerns and used Ukraine as a tool to contain Russia. He accused the U.S. of trying to push Russia into the conflict, making excuses for punishing the country, and said he hoped a solution would be found to end escalating tensions.
Wu Ying (follow AFP)