Macron sees the need to maintain a “line of communication” with Putin

Macron sees the need to maintain a “line of communication” with Putin


Wednesday – 3 Shawwal 1443 AH – 04 May 2022 AD Issue No. [
15863]


Paris: Michel Abou Negm

The French presidential election has ended and President Emmanuel Macron has been re-elected for a second term of five years. He has two more internal rights: the first, the formation of a new government for which a president is sought, and the legislative elections that will take place on 12 and 19 June, during which the French president hopes to support a comfortable majority. his policies, including keeping promises he made right and left during the election campaign. Macron, however, returned to interest in foreign affairs, especially the war in Ukraine. It should be noted that he will remain President of the European Union until the end of June. The first sign of him came last Saturday to contact Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and he followed him up yesterday with a call to Russian President Vladimir Putin, after a break of almost forty days. Macron therefore led him back to his old policy of maintaining a “line of communication” with the Russian president, given that the end of the Ukrainian war could only take place through negotiations and a political agreement. Macron has previously been criticized by European parties, led by Poland, for what he called “softness” in dealing with Moscow, despite the “unjustified” war it is waging against Ukraine. There was also a kind of “reproach” on Zelensky’s side at Macron for his refusal to consider what the Russian army was doing in Ukraine “genocide”, a description that US President Joe Biden was the first to use. Macron has explained more than once that the aforementioned expression cannot be used right and left and that there are legal considerations that are supposed to be present to launch it. The French president was also keen not to use the description of a “war criminal” for the Russian president, a case for which he has been criticized many times. In addition to his visit to Moscow on February 7 and his attempt to deter Putin from attacking Ukraine, he was called no less than twenty times, nine of them after the start of Russian military operations. The penultimate contact dates back to March 29th. Macron was keen to say more than once that his contacts with Putin were “at Zelensky’s request.”
President Macron emerges as the most important Western figure eager to continue dialogue with Moscow, despite the shift that has emerged in his approach since the discovery of the “massacres” committed in the city of Bucha and other suburbs and cities from which Russian forces withdrew after weeks of occupation. This is demonstrated by three things: First, that Paris began to use a stricter language vis-à-vis Moscow without reaching the level at which the American language was anchored. The second is that it demanded that the “criminals” responsible for these massacres be held accountable, and that it sent French investigators to help Kiev gather evidence and proof. And thirdly, its transition to the stage of sending heavy weapons to the Ukrainian army, the most important of which are the advanced and long-range “Caesar” artillery systems, which proved their effectiveness in the war against extremists in Iraq.
Yesterday, the Elysee Palace issued a statement, following the phone call with Putin, which according to presidential palace sources lasted two hours and ten minutes, stating that Macron “once again stressed the serious consequences of the Russian aggression on Ukraine. “The statement also indicated that Macron” expressed deep concern about what is happening in (the city of Mariupol) and the situation in the Donbas region “, where the main fighting is taking place between Russian forces and their separatist militias, Ukrainian forces and National Guards, including the Azov Brigade, which considers Moscow a “Nazi”, Macron urged his Russian counterpart to allow the continuation of the process of evacuating detainees at the Azovstal factory “in Mariupol”, in cooperation with humanitarian organizations, and at the same time took note of the need to enable detainees to choose their destination in accordance with international humanitarian law., which represents a hidden reference to what is attributed to the Russian side of the forced detention of residents By transfer them to Russian territory, which Kyiv considers “taking them hostage.” Macron raised the issue of the blockade imposed on Kiev was addressed in terms of the deprivation of exports of its grain products, and Paris offered to work with international organizations to put an end to this blockade due to its “humanitarian consequences” on much of the schedule. , including especially Africa and less developed countries.
On the political issue, the presidential statement indicated that Macron had called on Russia to “fulfill its responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, by ending its destructive aggression” against the Ukraine. When Macron called for a ceasefire, he expressed his “steadfast readiness to work on (the availability) of the (necessary) conditions for a negotiated solution that restores peace and full respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. will allow. “
Two things can be understood from this statement: First, that the French side preferred to stay in general, and therefore it contained nothing new, other than the statement issued by the Kremlin, which contains details about what President Putin requested and the messages he carried to his French counterpart. The second is that both presidents presented their position as if what had taken place between them was to a large extent a “deaf dialogue”. Although the French statement uses the phrase “Russian aggression” more than once, it seems far removed from the vocabulary of the West Atlantic lexicon about Russia. There are French sources who believe that the goals of the war in Ukraine have changed not only from the Russian side, but also from the Ukrainian and Western side, as it is no longer necessary to reach a ceasefire and continue with political negotiations leading to an agreement that enjoys international guarantees, as Zelensky demanded, but which is required today “Defeat Russia so that it does not have a list. From here, Paris sees that what President Macron is trying to do, despite the difficulty of the task, is crucial.


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