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French president says he will keep in touch with Putin — RT World News


Emmanuel Macron signaled ‘a new era’ for Europe and condemned Russian actions

French President Emmanuel Macron promised to stay in contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a televised speech on Wednesday evening, addressing the French nation.

Macron strongly condemned Russian aggression and supported the Ukrainian people, warning against a “new erafor the whole of Europe, and announced possible measures to protect the economy.

It was alone and deliberately that President Putin chose war. This war is not a conflict between NATO on one side and Russia on the other. Russia is not attacked, it is the aggressor,“, he said, describing the “brutal attack” and “unsustainable propaganda.” However, he vowed to keep in touch with Putin in an effort to convince him to “prevent contagion and the spread of conflict.”

We are not at war with Russia. Today, we stand alongside all Russians who, refusing to allow an unworthy war to be waged in their name, have the spirit of responsibility and the courage to defend peace, and who make it known in Russia and elsewhere,” he added.

Macron also warned of the effects of the war which would inevitably be felt throughout France and Europe as a whole, as agriculture, industry and many economic sectors dependent on imports from Russia and of Ukraine would be threatened.

In order to limit its impact, he declared that the French authorities would create a “economic resilience planin a few days. He also announced that France would host a summit in Versailles on March 10-11, where European leaders would discuss energy independence and defence.

According to Macron, the events in Ukraine and the sanctions against Russia will have lasting consequences for the whole continent, signaling the “change of era”. At the same time, he congratulated his European colleagues for the “unity and determination” they showed in the face of the conflict.

Our Europe has shown remarkable unity, but it must now agree to pay the price for peace, freedom, democracy,” he said.

He also promised that France would play its part and welcome Ukrainians displaced by the war, including children separated from their parents.

The speech comes as the presidential campaign in France is about to begin, but has nothing to do with domestic politics, Macron’s office confirmed. The president has not officially declared so far that he will stand for re-election with just two days left before the deadline, but he is extremely unlikely to refuse to enter the race.

Macron’s ratings have risen in recent weeks as his handling of the Russia-Ukraine crisis and related issues has been viewed positively by the French.

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