Representative Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, mocked French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday for saying the West should avoid humiliating Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
Macron made the comment over the weekend in a bid to promote diplomacy between the two countries after more than 100 days of war. Although the French president condemned the invasion and gave his support to Ukraine, he continued the dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin and underlined the importance of maintaining the diplomatic discourse.
“We must not humiliate Russia so that the day the fighting stops we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means,” he said on Saturday, while adding that Putin’s invasion is a ” historic and fundamental error for his people, for himself and for history”. .”
However, Macron’s comment has been dismissed by Ukrainian and Western figures, who believe he is too soft on Russia’s aggression.
On Sunday, Kinzinger sarcastically wrote on Twitter that Macron was trying “to get Putin to have the ‘right feelings’.”
“Yes, it’s very important, as @EmmanuelMacron says, to make sure Putin has the ‘right feelings’. We can’t make him sad, or he could… threaten the West again and again and again…” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, in a separate tweet, he added that the French president is “humble himself.“
Other US lawmakers, including California Democratic Representative Ted Lieu, tweeted that Macron’s speech could make Putin feel more successful and encourage him to continue his attacks on the Eastern European nation. ‘East.
“This speech by Macron shows a fundamental misunderstanding of Putin and the war in Ukraine. Russia is gaining ground in Ukraine, albeit slowly. Putin believes he is winning. There are only two ways to stop this war . Let Ukraine lose. Or show Putin he can’t win militarily.” he wrote.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also criticized Macron and warned that Russia must be “put in its place”.
“Calls to avoid the humiliation of Russia can only humiliate France and all the other countries that would call for it. Because it is Russia that is humiliating itself. We all better focus on how to put Russia in its place. It will bring peace and save lives,” Kuleba wrote on Twitter.
Macron’s latest comment echoed previous remarks he made last month, in which he called for diplomatic negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.
“We will have to do this with Ukraine and Russia around the table. The end of the discussion and the negotiation will be decided by Ukraine and Russia. But it will not be done in denial, nor in exclusion from each other, nor even in humiliation,” he said, according to European media Euractiv.