Paris (AP) – French President Emanuel Macron says that while dialogue with Russia is possible, “clear red lines” with possible sanctions should also be drawn with Moscow over Ukraine.
Referring to the recent accumulation of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, Macron said in an interview with CBS News. “We will never accept new hostilities in Ukraine.” He said that the West must show diplomacy and credibility to confirm that opinion.
“And I think after the unacceptable behavior, we really need to impose sanctions,” Macron said in response to the possibility of sanctions. “And I think we need to draw clear red lines with Russia. That’s the only way to be credible. “
However, he added. “I do not think sanctions alone are enough, but sanctions are part of the package.”
The interview was broadcast on Sunday on the program “Against the Nation”. It came after Macron met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Paris on Friday, and the two held a virtual meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Macron and Merkel demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from concentrated western Russia as tensions with neighboring Ukraine escalated.
The United States և NATO’s NATO-led invasion has been the largest since 2014, when Russia seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula մարտ Fighting broke out in eastern Ukraine between Russian forces and Russian-backed separatists. More than 14,000 people have been killed in a seven-year conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Germany և France helped hold talks in eastern Belarus, Minsk, in 2015.
Since taking office in 2017, Macron has worked on a number of issues related to a constructive dialogue with Russia. Ազրույց In an interview with “Against the Nation”, he continued to promote the need for dialogue.
“I am confident that President (Vladimir) Putin can be ready for a reopening dialogue,” he said. “We need an open and honest dialogue with Russia” on arms control and a number of issues related to the stabilization of global crises.