Emanuel Macron tries “in vain” to have a dialogue with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putinassessed the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky judging that “it is not right” for the French president to be ready, according to Zelensky, to “make diplomatic concessions” to Russia.
“We must not look for a way out of Russia and Macron is doing it in vain,” Zelensky said Thursday night. on the Italian television network RAI1according to images broadcast today on his Telegram channel.
“I know that he wanted to have an effect on the mediation between Russia and Ukraine, but he did not have them.“, he observed.
“Until Russia itself wants and understands that it needs (the end of the war) it will not look for a way out“, added the Ukrainian president.
Macron said Monday that in order to end the Russian-led war in Ukraine, peace must be built without “humiliating” Russia.
For Zelensky, however, “Macron does not need to make diplomatic concessions (to Russia) now.”
The Ukrainian president considered the move this is “not very right” to allow, in his opinion, Putin to “save his reputation” at a time when the Russians are still trying to take control of southern and eastern Ukraine.
Zelensky also estimated that “the time to sit around the table with Russia is over.” “It is no longer possible,” he said.
“The President of the Republic never discussed anything with Vladimir Putin without the consent of President Zelensky. He always said that the Ukrainians are the ones who decide the terms of their negotiations with the Russians.“, defended Elize from his side today.
After several rounds of talks between Kiev and Moscow in March, talks have since stalled, as the two sides’ positions were far apart.
“Today, the dialogue (with Moscow) must be pragmatic,” he added.
Zelensky, however, reiterated his desire to meet with Vladimir Putin, “but only with him, without any mediator.” “And with a dialogue approach, not addressing ultimatums,” he said.