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Macron fears ‘worst to return’ after name with Putin


(FILES) On this file picture taken on Could 29, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) is welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron (L) on the Versailles Palace, close to Paris forward of their assembly. – Macron stated will search a second time period within the French election in April, on March 03, 2022. (Picture by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron believes “the worst is to return” in Ukraine after a telephone name with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin who seems intent on seizing “the entire” of the nation, an aide to the French chief stated.

“The expectation of the president is that the worst is to return, given what President Putin advised him,” a senior aide to the French chief advised reporters on situation of anonymity.

“There was nothing in what President Putin advised us that ought to reassure us. He confirmed nice dedication to proceed the operation,” the aide added, including that Macron advised Putin he was making a “grave mistake.”

The French chief himself later tweeted that within the dialog Putin confirmed he “refuses… to cease his assaults in opposition to Ukraine”.

However the 44-year-old, who was on the coronary heart of diplomatic efforts to keep away from the battle and has stayed in contact with Putin even after the invasion, vowed to proceed contacts “to keep away from the worst.”

“My dedication is and can stay complete,” he stated simply hours earlier than he’s anticipated to substantiate he’s operating in presidential elections subsequent month.

READ: France’s Macron says Russia’s Putin alone chose war in Ukraine

In a grim evaluation of the 90-minute talks, the third time they’ve spoken since final Thursday, the aide indicated that Putin had proven no temper for compromise.

Putin “wished to grab management of the entire of Ukraine. He’ll, in his personal phrases, perform his operation to ‘de-Nazify’ Ukraine to the top.”

In response to Putin’s declare of “de-Nazification,” Macron replied that “both you might be telling your self tales otherwise you’re on the lookout for a pretext,” in accordance with his aide.

“In any case, what you’re saying doesn’t match with actuality and may by no means justify the violence of what you’re doing at present, nor that your nation goes to pay a really excessive value as a result of it is going to find yourself an remoted, weakened nation underneath sanctions for a very long time,” Macron continued.

The aide stated that Macron had additionally referred to as Putin’s claims “lies.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is the nation’s first Jewish chief.

READ: Russia aims to erase us, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says on day 7 of war

Civilian casualties

Reprising a theme of their final name, Macron additionally urged Putin to keep away from civilian casualties and permit for humanitarian entry in Ukraine amid proof of Russian shelling in residential areas.

“President Putin replied that he was in favor however with out making any commitments,” the aide stated, including that Putin had denied that the Russian army was focusing on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.

The aide stated that Putin had once more aired his grievances in opposition to the West and “referred again to the historical past of the final 30 years, as is his behavior” together with NATO’s intervention within the ex-Yugoslavia.

The 2 males proceed to make use of the casual “you” pronoun when talking to one another as an indication of friendliness.

“President Putin has a manner of speaking that could be very impartial and really medical. He generally reveals indicators of impatience, however essentially there have been no open indicators of tensions throughout the exchanges,” the aide stated.

In an deal with to the nation on Wednesday, Macron had vowed to proceed talking with Putin “for so long as I can, and for as long it’s necessary” to steer him to finish the violence and forestall a diffusion of the battle.

He’ll once more push for additional sanctions on Russia to extend the price of the invasion, the aide stated.

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