In the Czech Republic, Macron’s words about the “humiliation” of Russia were considered a misunderstanding of the problem
Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said that French President Emmanuel Macron did not understand the essence of the problem when he said that Western leaders should not “humiliate Russia.” According to him, Moscow does not care how the West perceives it
French President Emmanuel Macron did not understand the essence of the problem when he said that Russia should not be “humiliated”, Moscow does not care how it is perceived in the West, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said on CNN Prima News.
«Russia— the aggressor, and we should not take into account whether she is humiliated or not. Macron is probably not very versed in this issue, [President Vladimir] Putin does not care how Russia is perceived in the West, — said Lipavski (quote from České noviny).
In early June, Macron, speaking about his constant contact with the Russian president, stressed that Western leaders should not “humiliate Russia” so that after the cessation of hostilities, a way out of the crisis could be found through diplomatic channels. According to Macron, he is confident that the Russian authorities have made a “historical and fundamental mistake for their people, for themselves and for history,” which he told Putin.
Macron and Putin have been in frequent contact since the end of last year, when the situation around Ukraine began to escalate, and Russia— demand security guarantees from the US and NATO. In early February, they met in person in Moscow. As of the end of May, Macron has become Putin's most frequent interlocutor of all world leaders. The French president also actively maintains contacts with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.
The frequent communication of the French president with Putin was criticized by other European leaders. So, in early April, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that their conversations did not help prevent a military operation in Ukraine, and the situation requires “clear and decisive” action. sanctions. Macron then called the dialogue with Putin his duty, stressing that from the very beginning of his presidential term in 2017, “he did not pander to him, unlike others.” According to Estonian Prime Minister Kai Kallas, due to communication with other leaders, Putin does not receive the message that he is “isolated” that they are trying to convey to him.
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