UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — French President Emmanuel Macron called Europe “the most real partner” for Russia. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Macron noted the peculiarity of the geographical location of our country and added that “trust relations” are necessary for Europe and the Russian Federation.
Macron pointed out that Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and it is necessary to conduct dialogue and develop relations with our country, despite the existing differences.
The French leader also expressed his conviction that the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine is impossible without the participation of Russia.
Noting the role of partnership between Europe and Russia, Macron, meanwhile, expressed the view that China would not go to too close an alliance with Russia, although Western countries in 2013-14. during a sharp reaction to the Ukrainian crisis, they pushed Russia to closer cooperation with its eastern neighbor.
Speaking about the sanctions against Russia, Macron indicated that they did not bring any benefit and did not change anything. Not offering to abolish them, Macron noted that both sanctions and counter-sanctions are too expensive for Europe and Russia.
The French leader proposed two scenarios for the development of events: according to the first, Europe still has a mistrust of Russia (however, it has few supporters in the EU), along the second way of developing relations, Europe goes on to develop a strategic dialogue. It was Macron who called the second version the “reliable way.”
Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke about the need to build relations with Russia at the Munich conference .
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