French President Emmanuel Macron has created a new wave of criticism and understanding of his call to avoid humiliating Russia in Ukraine, demonstrating division into the Western Union.
Macron spoke with the French media last Friday that Russian leader Vladimir Putin must be given an escape from what he called his “historical and fundamental mistake” in the invasion of Ukraine. I repeated my beliefs.
The head of state of France reiterated the debate in early May, saying, “Don’t humiliate Russia so that it can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means on the day the fighting stops.”
However, the statement quickly created new tensions with Kieu, and President Volodymyr Zelensky is known to be skeptical of Macron’s allegations to speak to Putin to end the war.
Despite publicly supporting Ukraine and approving the delivery of weapons to the besieged country, Macron has called Putin dozens of times since the turn of the year.
“I’m convinced that it’s France’s role to act as an intermediary,” Macron added in an interview with the local media.
“A call to avoid Russia’s humiliation can only humiliate France and all other countries calling for it,” Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on social media on Saturday.
He urged Russia to “put it in place” to “bring peace and save lives.”
Macron’s remarks emphasize the differences in approaches to conflict between France on the one hand and Ukraine and Eastern European countries on the other, and the United States and the United Kingdom.
Ukraine and its closest allies in the fight against Russia’s aggression see the war as a fight for the survival of the Ukrainian state and democracy, which can only be resolved by Russia’s defeat.
From the killing of civilians to the targeting of housing and other non-military infrastructure, allegations of Russian war crimes do not want a tedious compromise with Putin.
Some fear that France and Germany are anxious for Ukraine to cede its territory and end the fighting, but official statements from Paris and Berlin do not support this argument.
“The President of France is still looking for ways to save the war criminal Putin from humiliation,” Marko Mihkelson, head of the Estonian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote on Facebook.
“What does Macron say to this girl in Ukraine?” He asked next to a photo of a girl with amputated legs. “And to the thousands of people whose lives have been destroyed forever as victims of the evil empire.”
This statement lost understanding in the United States and Britain, where the government set a goal of weakening Putin and expelling Russia from Ukraine.
“Putin negotiates only if his army cannot keep moving forward, whether or not it is humiliated. Macron should focus on creating that condition,” said the former US ambassador. Michael McFaul wrote on Sunday.
“Saving the face” is a “weak diplomatic purpose. Putin takes personal responsibility for his face,” said John Chipman, director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London-based think tank. Can be done. “
“Humiliation: a mild punishment for war crimes,” he wrote on Twitter.
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Macron is anxious for France to maintain historically close diplomatic relations with Russia and has repeatedly warned of the risks of a wider conflict involving the West.
A history-minded student, he is also wary of his allies’ desire to punish the invasion of Moscow, citing the Treaty of Versailles imposed on Germany, which was defeated at the end of World War I in 1919. increase.
The disciplinary situation has been criticized by some historians for the rise of the Nazi party in the 1930s and the outbreak of hostilities in Europe in 1939.
At the European Parliament in Strasbourg on May 9, Macron warned for the first time that he wanted to humiliate Russia.
“We will be able to build peace tomorrow, and we will never forget it,” he told reporters. “We will have to do this in Ukraine and Russia around the table.
“The terms of discussion and negotiation are set by Ukraine and Russia, but … they are not done by excluding each other, or even by their humiliation.”
Macron has been pressured to visit Ukraine for the first time since the outbreak of the war on February 24th.
Other Western leaders traveled to symbolize Zelensky’s support for his country, but Macron declined, saying he would only travel when it was “useful.”