UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that our relationship with Russia should be “reconsidered” because “pushing it away from Europe is a grave mistake.”
“We must strategically explore ways of such convergence and put forward our terms,” he said at the annual meeting of French ambassadors.
Macron has already said he wants to normalize relations with Russia after strained by Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014.
“I know that many of you” have worked on files that led them “everything into mistrust toward Russia, sometimes rightly,” he told French diplomats in Paris on Tuesday.
“We have organized this relationship, since the fall of the Berlin Wall, in the context of this mistrust, based on a series of misunderstandings.”
“We are in Europe, and if we do not know at any point to do something useful with Russia, we will keep futile tension, frozen conflicts throughout Europe will remain, and Europe will remain the scene of a strategic battle between the United States and Russia, so we will continue to have repercussions,” Macron said. Cold War on our land. ”
“This is what I told President (Vladimir) Putin last week in Briginson (summer presidency): We must move forward step by step.” “We must strategically explore ways of such convergence and put forward our conditions,” he said.
On August 21, Macron considered it “important for Russia to rejoin” the G7 (the G8 with Russia) after being excluded from it in 2014 after Moscow took control of Ukraine’s Crimea.
He added that the “necessary prerequisite” for accepting Moscow’s return to the group is “that a solution be found on Ukraine on the basis of the Minsk agreements.”
At the end of Monday’s summit in Paris, the French president announced the organization of a summit on the Ukrainian crisis in September, bringing together Ukrainian, Russian, German and French officials.
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