French President Emmanuel Macron said he could not “rationally explain” the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine, reports CNN.
“I don’t have a rational explanation. It seems to me that this is a combination of resentment, a strategy of hegemony in the region and, I would say, the consequences of COVID-19, isolation,” the French president said.
Macron called the decision to start a full-scale war of Russia against Ukraine the first gigantic mistake.
On September 21, Macron called on the West to increase pressure on Vladimir Putin after his announcement of a partial mobilization in the country. “Putin’s decisions, which included the announcement of the mobilization of reservists, will lead to even greater isolation of Russia,” the French leader said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
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In the first few weeks of a full-scale war in Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron was in regular telephone conversations with Vladimir Putin, urging him to stop the fighting.
In early February, before the start of the Russian invasion, Macron flew to Moscow to discuss the crisis over Ukraine with Putin. The talks in the Kremlin lasted almost six hours and took place around a very long table separating the interlocutors.