President Emmanuel Macron called Russians and Ukrainians “fraternal peoples,” and refused to call Russian atrocities in Ukraine a genocide during an interview with French TV channel France 2, CNN reported on April 13.
“I would be careful with such terms today, since these two peoples (Russians and Ukrainians) are fraternal,” said Macron.
“I want to continue trying to ... stop this war and restore peace; I’m not sure (such) a rhetorical escalation would serve this goal.”
At the same time, Macron called out Russian war crimes in Ukraine, and described the situation as “unacceptable.”
“We’re living through war crimes that are unprecedented on our European soil,” said the president.
He called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
“Russia has unleashed this extremely brutal war, and it has been established that the Russian military engaged in war crimes, and we now need to find those responsible,” Macron added.
Earlier, U.S. President Joe Biden said that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is conducting genocide in Ukraine.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said that it’s hard to describe Russian war crimes in Ukraine as anything else but genocide, after the atrocities Russians committed in Bucha.