No peace in Ukraine until Russia is defeated, Macron says
Emmanuel Macron (Photo:Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS)
There can be no peace in Ukraine until Russia is defeated, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Feb. 17, as reported by The Guardian.
“The hour of dialogue hasn’t come yet, because Russia chose war; Russia chose to target civilian infrastructure and commit war crimes,” said Macron.
“Russia’s attack must fail.”
The French president believes it is important to give Ukraine the means to return to the negotiating table in an acceptable way and work towards a long-term peace on Ukrainian terms.
Macron said Russia is doomed to “a defeat in the future” as Russian aggression has already strengthened Ukraine's statehood as a country, prompted Finland and Sweden to apply to join NATO, and forced European countries to think more about self-defense.
He added that during his conversation with Putin a year ago, he “almost believed him” that Putin had nothing to do with Wagner PMC. However, it is now clear from what is happening in Ukraine that the Wagner group is a tool of the “mafia” to commit crimes.
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