UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that the world is living at the end of the era of Western hegemony, and there are other countries, including Russia, come to change the world order.
Speaking at the opening of the ambassadors’ conference, which inaugurates the annual return of French diplomats to their duties after the summer break, Macron noted that the international system is changing unprecedentedly, and that changes are taking place in all areas at a historical pace.
“We are no doubt living in the end of Western domination of the world. We have been accustomed to a world order since the 18th century based on this hegemony,” said the president of France, which hosted the G7 summit in Biarritz on the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday and Monday. There was no doubt that this hegemony was French in the 18th century thanks to the Age of Lights, in the 19th century it was British thanks to the Industrial Revolution, and rationally it was American domination in the 20th century, but things have changed and fluctuated due to the mistakes of Westerners in some crises.”
Macron continued: “We have worked together in historical moments, as well as the emergence of new forces, economic forces are not political but civilized countries come to change this world order, and a strong review of the economic system, including India, China and Russia, where these countries are characterized by economic inspiration Great”.
According to Macron, “China and Russia have acquired a capability in the world because France, Britain and the United States were weak .. We announced red lines but they crossed them and we did not respond, and they knew that ..”.
He added: “Russia is present in all conflicts, and it is on its way back to Africa, and this is not in our interest,” pointing to a prominent place allocated by France to the African continent in its new strategy.
Rethinking relations with Russia
The French president touched on the issue of relations between Paris and Moscow, expressing his belief that it should be reconsidered because “pushing it (Russia) away from Europe is a serious mistake.”
“Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, we have established a relationship with Russia based on mistrust, we must not forget that Russia is in Europe,” Macron said.
The French president added: “We can not establish the European project of civilization, which we believe, without rethinking our relationship with Russia,” stressing that Russia should not be a “weak” ally of China, Russia place in Europe.
Macron pointed out that “we should strategically explore ways of such convergence and put forward our conditions,” but warned against keeping relations between the two countries in their current poor state. “We will maintain a futile tension, and frozen conflicts will remain throughout Europe, and Europe will remain the scene of a strategic battle between the United States and Russia, so we will continue to receive the consequences of the Cold War on our soil.”
“This is what I told President Putin last week in Briggson (French presidential summer residence): We have to move step by step,” he said.
On August 21, Macron deemed it “important for Russia to rejoin” the G7 after being excluded from it in 2014, following the accession of the Crimea peninsula, based on the results of a popular referendum there, which the West called Crimea “annexed” by Russia.
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.”
The French president announced at the end of the Biarritz summit on Monday, the efforts of France and Germany to organize, in September, a meeting of the “Normandy Quartet” (France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine), at the level of heads of state and government, to move things in the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.
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