Russia: Signs of convergence in Putin-Macron meeting

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Russia: Signs of convergence in Putin-Macron meeting

“Useful and substantial,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in talks Monday with his French counterpart, arguing that some of Emanuel Macron’s ideas could form the basis for further joint steps.

The French president traveled to the Russian capital to discuss with Putin in the midst of a Moscow-Western confrontation over the accumulation of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border and the Kremlin’s demands for “security guarantees” from Washington. and NATO.

In a joint news conference with the two leaders after their meeting in the Kremlin, Putin said some of Macron’s ideas on security were realistic and that the two would meet again after the French president’s visit to Kiev.

“Some of his ideas and proposals, which may still be too early to discuss, I think could be the basis for further joint steps,” he said. “We agreed that after his trip to the Ukrainian capital we will have a telephone conversation to exchange views on the issue,” he added.

Vladimir Putin stressed that if Ukraine joins NATO, the Europeans will be dragged into a military conflict with Russia, from which there will be no winners. He pledged that Russia would do everything possible to reach a compromise for the benefit of all.

Emanuel Macron: Signs of convergence with Russia, although differences remain

For his part, French President Emmanuel Macron said in talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he had seen signs of convergence over the Ukraine crisis, although differences remained.

According to him, he told Putin that the creation of a new security strategy in Europe should not be done by canceling the right of states to join the NATO alliance.

Macron also had a good reason to say about the Ukrainian leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, noting that he managed to keep his composure despite the accumulation of Russian military forces near the border of his country.

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