Macron optimistic about Ukraine, if the West cooperates – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

French president insists Putin doesn’t want Ukraine, he wants to hold back NATO

French President Emmanuel Macron has argued that Russia is not interested in invading Ukraine, expressing optimism that – as long as the West is willing to make concessions – it can get a deal. “de-escalation” tensions surrounding the Eastern European nation. He is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

“Russia’s geopolitical objective today is clearly not Ukraine, but to clarify the rules of cohabitation with NATO and the EU”, explained the president in a weekend interview with the weekly Sunday newspaper before leaving for Moscow. Russia has repeatedly called on NATO to stop expanding eastward into former Soviet territories, citing an agreement reached at the time of the collapse of the USSR that has since been repeatedly violated.

Targeting US refusal to end NATO controversy “Open Door Policy” Macron warned, “We have to be very realistic. We will not obtain unilateral approaches, but it is essential to avoid a deterioration of the situation before building mechanisms and gestures of mutual trust.

Macron also spoke on Sunday with his American counterpart, President Joe Biden, “ongoing diplomatic and deterrence efforts” concerning Russia and Ukraine. He will visit Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday.

Biden last week ordered the deployment of 3,000 US troops to Poland, Germany and Romania, preparing for an invasion that Moscow adamantly denies. While Ukraine backtracked on some of its warnings about a supposedly imminent Russian invasion, the US only doubled down, threatening to pull Russia out of the SWIFT financial system or impose personal sanctions. to Putin.

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