French Foreign Minister Le Drian slams Russia’s corridor offer as a ‘trap’ for Ukraine


PARIS — French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has criticized Russia’s offer of humanitarian corridors for Ukrainian civilians, calling it a “trap” that could lead to more bombings in Ukraine.

Le Drian referred to the Russian tactic of bombing and then offering humanitarian corridors in the past, citing Aleppo in Syria and Grozny in Chechnya. He said that in such cases, Russia’s proposal to establish humanitarian corridors actually led to more bombardments after negotiations failed.

“We must not fall into traps,” Le Drian said Monday in Montpellier, southern France, after a meeting of European ministers.

“I even wonder if in Russian military schools there are courses to explain: ‘bombing, corridor, negotiations, breakdown (of the negotiations), we start all over again’. It’s quite tragic, but unfortunately it sends shivers down your spine,” he said.


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