Macron argued that Western military assistance for Ukraine, including from France, had allowed the country to withstand the Russian invasion far more effectively than many predicted

Macron defends dialogue with Russia to prepare ‘peace through negotiations’

Macron argued that Western military assistance to Ukraine, including from France, allowed the country to resist the Russian invasion much more effectively than many predicted.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday defended his policy of maintaining dialogue with Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, saying Turkey should not be the only power talking to Moscow and preparations should already be made for a peace treaty.

Macron has spoken to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on numerous occasions since Moscow launched its offensive against Ukraine in February, and their last conversation took place on August 19 after a lengthy pause.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with whom Macron had a rocky relationship, meanwhile actively sought to play the role of mediator, meeting personally with both Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Who wants Turkey to be the only world power that continues to negotiate with Russia?” – said the president at a meeting of French ambassadors in the Elysee Palace.

“We must not succumb to any form of false morality that will render us powerless,” he added.

“The job of a diplomat is to talk to everyone, especially people with whom we disagree. And so we will continue to do so in coordination with our allies.”

Macron argued that the world powers should already be preparing for a “negotiated peace” to end the conflict, which has already been going on for more than half a year, while stressing that Kyiv must determine the terms and conditions.

“We must prepare for a long war. We must avoid escalation and prepare the world,” he said.

“Preparing for peace means communicating with all parties, including, as I did just a few days ago and will do again, with Russia.”

He said that there would be no such peace through negotiations on the terms “Ukraine would be subjugated if we left it to its fate.”

Macron argued that Western military assistance to Ukraine, including from France, allowed the country to resist the Russian invasion much more effectively than many experts, as well as Russia, predicted.

“We are not in the war, we don’t want to,” he said, echoing an argument Macron had been using since the early days of the war.

“But we cannot allow Russia to win this war militarily by conquering territory and at the same time demonstrating the defeat of the international order and our values ​​through aggression.”

He also warned that Europe must remain united, noting that some countries are calling for a more militant stance or are considering unilateral measures.

“We must not allow Europe to be divided by this war. European unity is of key importance. The division of Europe was one of the goals of the Russian war,” he said.

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