Emmanuel Macron furious at claiming that Vladimir Putin would be allowed to “save face” on the war in Ukraine | Politics | News
The French leader has been accused by President Zelensky of suggesting there should be an effort to “seek a way out for Russia” with the aim of ending the war. Speaking to Italian Rai 1, the Ukrainian president said: “Some European leaders say we have to find a way to reach Putin. But we don’t have to look for a way out for Russia.”
He added: “I know Putin wanted to bring results home and he didn’t find them.
“But offering us to give something to save the face of the Russian president is not right. We are not ready to save someone’s face by paying with our territories, I don’t think that’s the right thing .”
As for his conversation with President Macron, Mr Zelensky said: “To offer us to give up something of our sovereignty to save Putin’s face doesn’t seem fair from some leaders. It’s a waste of time. .”
Tweeting from the official Visegrad news Twitter account, the alliance of Eastern European countries said: “Questioned by Italian television Rai1, Zelensky confirmed that Macron has offered Ukraine to cede a part of the territory to Russia in order to present an option to save face for Putin.
“Zelensky said it was out of the question.
“Macron is the one who has to save face after this.”
Commenting on the news, a member of the conservative party, Mr M Isery-Guts tweeted: “If this is true, Macron is an enemy of democracy! Allowing a would-be war criminal to save face is a total disgrace. The leaders of France and Germany proved weak. No one should respect them anymore.”
The Elysée, questioned on the alleged friction between Mr. Macron and Mr. Zelensky which emerged from the words of the Ukrainian president, affirmed on Friday that “the President of the Republic has never discussed anything with Vladimir Putin without the agreement of the President Zelensky”.
Moreover, underlined the French presidency, Macron “never asked for concessions from Zelensky. He always said that it was up to the Ukrainians to decide the terms of their negotiations with the Russians”.
The Ukrainian leader reiterated an offer to hold direct talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and said Russia’s withdrawal from Ukraine should be the starting point for any talks.
He said: “As president, I am ready to talk to Putin, but only to him.
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“Without any of his intermediaries. And within the framework of dialogue, no ultimatums.”
Ukraine and Russia have not held face-to-face peace talks since March 29. Russian chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky was quoted by the Interfax news agency on Monday as saying the peace talks were being held remotely.
Putin told German Chancellor Olaf Scholz by telephone on Friday that progress in negotiations on ending the conflict had been “essentially blocked by Kyiv”, the Kremlin said. kyiv blames Moscow for the lack of progress.
In his fullest public comments for weeks on the prospects for peace talks, Zelensky said Ukraine would not compromise on its territorial integrity.
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“Get out of this territory you have occupied since February 24,” he said. “It’s the clear first step to talking about anything.”
Russian forces have taken control of the southern city of Mariupol but are struggling to advance in northern and eastern Ukraine after abandoning a push towards kyiv.
Russia also controls the Crimean peninsula, which it seized and annexed in 2014, and Russian-backed separatists have declared “people’s republics” in areas they control in two provinces of the Donbass region, in eastern Ukraine.
Mr Zelensky said kyiv had offered to keep Crimea out of the talks for the time being if that would complicate efforts to end the war or complicate talks between him and Putin. But he added: “We will never recognize Crimea as part of the Russian Federation.”