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“We cannot let Russia win militarily,” Macron said in a speech to the French ambassador at the Élysée presidential palace.
He set the goal of enabling Ukraine to win militarily or be in a strong position to achieve a “negotiated peace.”
“We need to prepare for a long war,” Macron said, adding that this would include rising tensions over Ukraine’s nuclear power plants.
President Macron said France arrived at the Zaporizhia plant yesterday and strongly supported the International Atomic Energy Agency’s mission to assess its safety. The French president suggested calling Russian President Vladimir Putin after the IAEA mission ended.
Macron has vowed to “keep talking” with Russia despite criticism from some countries, especially those in eastern Europe. “Everything must be done to make a negotiated peace possible,” he said.
Mr Macron said the war in Ukraine and its consequences “must not divide Europe”, and that the EU should not form an alliance with “warmongers” or that Eastern European countries should act alone in support of Kyiv. He added that it should not be allowed to do so.
In a nearly two-hour speech meant to outline French diplomatic goals for the next year, Macron compared the views expressed by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz earlier this week in Prague with a stronger plea of his own and a “complete It is consistent with,” he praised. Europe with more independent sovereignty.
Macron called on Europe to “defend” and “fight” for its freedoms and values.
He also called on French diplomats to be more aggressive in fighting back against disinformation, fake news and propaganda spread on social media.
In order to be able to “break Russian, Chinese, or Turkish storytelling” and “say what France really did when it was mistakenly attacked,” Paris said several Communication tools should be used. MDT/AP