The process is over. Why is Macron talking to Putin?

7 December 2022, 02:32 PM
French president Emmanuel Macron seems to believe that Russia has a place in ensuring European security. (Photo:REUTERS / Gleb Garanich)

French president Emmanuel Macron seems to believe that Russia has a place in ensuring European security. (Photo:REUTERS / Gleb Garanich)

I am being asked what to make of statements by French President Emmanuel Macron about security guarantees for Russia so that it sits down at the negotiating table.

I am sure that Russia will not sit down at the negotiating table until it is put there. However, I don't think that they would be called “negotiations” in this case. There is nothing to talk about with terrorists. They must issue ultimatums, which Russia must accept and sign, or be destroyed. This, in fact,  is the format for these "negotiations" which for some reason are being talked about in the West.

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Well, some people, for some reason, talk about how certain people in the West should maintain some kind of contact with these crazy Kremlin leaders. Of course, this option is also possible. Indeed, Macron’s words indicate that the time he spends communicating with Putin are among the worst hours of his life. I think he can be trusted in this, although for some reason it seems to me that there is more here of that traditional Western pseudo-liberal tolerance, which, in fact, has led to everything we have today.

After all, if the West's reaction to Russian aggression had been different back in 2008, and before that in Chechnya in 1995, and then in 2000, let alone 2014, I think we would not have lived to see today's horrors.

The process of creating a tribunal against the Putin regime has begun.

What the Russians have committed in Ukraine is absolutely understandable as crimes against humanity. And here it does not matter what Macron or Scholz say – these are already established facts that have been collected. And the prosecutor's office of any country, even if it is not a special international tribunal, can initiate a criminal case based on those facts. Therefore, these two parallel directions do not interfere with each other.

I have little doubt that the tribunal will be created. The only question is when.

Serious negotiations are now underway between lawyers with one simple goal — to ensure that the creation of such a tribunal does not become a precedent and that the very idea of ​​creating international tribunals is not devalued. This is right, for tomorrow, Russia, along with China or North Korea, could create its own tribunal, and it will simply turn into blasphemy. It is necessary to work out principles for the creation of this tribunal and characteristics of it so that it cannot be replicated by the same authoritarian regimes.

I think that this process has already reached the final stage, and it is a matter of months, certainly not years.

This is one avenue of action. The second - these constant attempts or indeed the desire to keep in touch with Putin, represent a way to at least find out what is going on in his head. Because we don’t have another thermometer that can measure this temperature (it might already be 39°C in there). And Macron, after another conversation, will tell his friends that they should not offer antibiotics, but cut off Putin’s head, because they can’t tolerate this anymore. Anything could happen. We can only make assumptions here.

Therefore, I think that these two parallel processes will continue. Although I will say that now all the terms of the truce are in the hands of our Armed Forces. And may God protect them. May he give them strength and inspiration. And we, all of us who are in the rear today, should do everything we can to help at least in some way.

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