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Ukraine must retake Crimea for there to be lasting peace – Macron

Thursday, 14 March 2024, 23:32
Ukraine must retake Crimea for there to be lasting peace – Macron
Emmanuel Macron. Stock photo: Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron has insisted that he does not seek an escalation of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine, but says he considers Russia and the Kremlin regime to be "enemies" of France.

Source: Macron in an interview with the TV channels TF1 and France 2 on the evening of 14 March, as reported by European Pravda

Details: The French president believes that if Russia wins the war, "Europe’s credibility will be reduced to zero".


"Do you think that the Poles, the Lithuanians, the Estonians, the Romanians and the Bulgarians could remain at peace for a second? Let alone Moldova, which admittedly is not a member of the European Union today, but which would be under threat at any second," he added.

At the same time, commenting on the threat of an escalation that could spread active hostilities to other European states, Macron said he hoped that would not happen.

"Today, Russia is definitely an enemy. The Kremlin regime is an enemy. As I have always said, we are not waging a war against Russia and the Russian people, and we are supporting Ukraine," the French president said.

"We are doing everything we can to help Ukraine defeat Russia, because I will say it very simply: there can be no lasting peace if there is no sovereignty, if there is no return to Ukraine’s internationally recognised borders, including Crimea," he added.

In the same interview, Macron stressed that if Paris did decide to send French troops to Ukraine, the responsibility for that would lie solely with Russia. 

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