Macron: It is Ukraine that will determine the terms of negotiations with Russia


“It is Ukraine that will determine the terms of the negotiations with Russia. We will be by her side to achieve a ceasefire. ” This was stated today by French PresidentΕμανουέλ Macronspeaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the occasion of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

“Our goal in the face of Russia’s unilateral decision to invade Ukraine and attack its people is to end this war as soon as possible,” he said. He also stressed that the EU should do everything possible to maintain peace on the rest of the European continent and to prevent the escalation of the war beyond Ukraine.

Regarding European sanctions against Russia, Macron said they were “unprecedented” and aimed at blocking funding sources for the war. At the same time, he stressed that the EU continues to support Ukraine, mobilizing, as never before, important military, financial and humanitarian. He added that the EU should step up its efforts to tackle the issue of food safety effectively.

“We will fight against the impunity of unspeakable crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine,” he said. Macron, however, noted that the EU is not at war with Russia. “We are acting as Europeans to maintain Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, to bring peace back to our continent,” Macron said, adding that “it is Ukraine’s responsibility to set the terms of negotiations with Russia.” He also noted that the EU’s debt is to stand by Ukraine in order to achieve a ceasefire and peace. “Then we will be there to rebuild a European Ukraine,” he added.

He said that when peace returned to Europe, “we must build new security balances and never give in to the temptation of humiliation and the spirit of revenge.”

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