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Macron is wrong about Putin – Czech Republic

The foreign minister argued that the Russian leader does not care how the West sees his country

French President Emmanuel Macron got it wrong when he talked about not wanting “humiliate” Russia on its actions in Ukraine, said Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky.

“Russia is the aggressor, and we should not consider whether Russia is humiliated or not,” the official told CNN Prima News on Sunday.“Macron probably doesn’t understand the question very well. Putin doesn’t care how Russia is perceived in the West,”

The Minister argued that Europe “shouldn’t forget Ukraine,” and talks with Russia “should be primarily carried out by the Ukrainians themselves.”

Earlier this month, Macron told French media: “We must not humiliate Russia, so that the day the fighting stops we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means.”

He expressed the hope that France would mediate in the conflict.

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Macron’s remarks were criticized in Western media and angered Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, who said that “calls to avoid the humiliation of Russia can only humiliate France”, and that Moscow “humbles itself”.

Reuters quoted a French presidential official as saying on Friday that Paris had no intention of making concessions to Russia over Ukraine and wanted kyiv to win.

On Monday, Alexey Paramonov, a senior Russian Foreign Ministry official, told RIA Novosti that Moscow has never been against “meaningful” talks with France.

Russian President Vladimir Putin last spoke with Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in late May. During a three-way phone conversation, the leaders discussed, among other things, the status of the Russian-Ukrainian peace talks, according to the Kremlin.

This weekend, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported that Macron, Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi plan to pay a joint visit to Kyiv this month.


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