Macron and Putin seek de-escalation in the Ukraine crisis

The Russian President, Vladimir Putinpointed out this Monday that some of the ideas of his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, to reduce the tension in the Ukraine may be “possible” and are viable to seek a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

“Some of his ideas are possible to lay the foundations for common progress,” Putin said in what is the first statement in favor of reducing tension in Ukraine by the Russian president. However, and although he has also stressed that he wants “a peaceful solution” to the conflict, Putin has warned that in case of war “there will be no winners.”

The statements came after a meeting of more than five hours between the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and his Russian counterpart, Vládimir Putin, to seek de-escalation in Ukraine and prevent a war in Europe.

At the beginning of the meeting, the French president had expressed his confidence that the meeting would serve to pave the way for a de-escalation in Ukraine. In addition, Macron had also pointed out that the purpose of the meeting was “avoid war” and arrive at “trust, stability and visibility for all”.

For his part, Putin has praised France’s efforts to “solve the security problem in Europe” and in particular for “find a solution to the crisis” in Ukraine.

Both have spoken by phone three times in the last two weeks, to discuss the situation around Ukraine and the security guarantees that Russia demands from the United States and NATO, among which is the Alliance’s resignation to extend more to the east.

Macron, the mediator axis between NATO, Russia and Ukraine

After passing through Moscow, Macron visits Kiev on Tuesday and, as Germany has announced, he will also visit Berlin where he will meet with his German counterparts, Olaf Scholzand Polish, Andrzej Duda, in a round of contacts that aims to bring positions between the Russian country and the European Union closer together and lead to a peaceful solution to the conflict.

“President Putin has assured me of his willingness to commit to this logic and his desire to maintain the stability and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” said the French president during the joint press conference, who also stressed that independence must be preserved from countries like Ukraine, Moldova or Belarus.

In addition, Macron has assured that the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, has reassured him about the possible deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus, which borders several NATO countries.

Putin warns that if there is a war “there will be no winners”

Although the Russian president has been in favor of seeking a peaceful solution to the conflict, Putin warned during the press conference that “if a war breaks out, there will be no winners. They will not even have time to blink.”

Despite these warnings, Putin wanted to emphasize that he will do everything possible to find compromises in terms of security in Europe and that it suits everyone.

In the same way, he has indicated that this Monday’s meeting will be repeated by telephone soon after Macron concludes his round of contacts with presidents involved in the crisis.

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“The next few days will be crucial” for the Ukrainian crisis, said French President Emmanuel Macron, who has also called for “new security mechanisms” to stabilize the situation.

Recently, the United States and the Atlantic Alliance have rejected Russia’s demands in writing, and diplomatic efforts to avoid an eventual military confrontation are currently under way. awaiting the Kremlin’s responsewhich considers that its main complaints have not been heard, but that there is room for agreement on secondary issues, such as arms control.

Although Russia denies that it has plans to invade Ukraine, the military deployment of more than 100,000 soldiers on the border with the Ukrainian country has set off alarms in the West. In addition, according to the United States, the Putin-ruled country is planning an invasion under a false pretext and has sent more soldiers to Europe to redouble efforts.

Last Saturday the first reinforcements of US troops arrived in Poland to reinforce NATO’s eastern flank, a deployment in which Washington will mobilize 2,900 additional troops. In the midst of this escalation of tension, Moscow has warned that it can take “political-military measures”.

The “most dangerous” moment since the Cold War

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, who met this Monday in Washington with the Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, has assured that Europe is facing the “most dangerous time” for its security since the end of the Cold Waralthough he stressed that the “diplomatic solution” with Russia is still “possible”.

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“We have a concern about the risk that has been accumulating, the tension that has been accumulating. In my opinion, we are experiencing the most dangerous moment in terms of security since the end of the Cold War,” Borrell said at a conference press release with Blinken. “Still there is the possibility of dialogue to avoid the worst“, he asserted.

Borrell meets with Blinken in Washington to ensure gas for Europe in the face of the crisis in Ukraine

For his part, the US Secretary of State, when asked about Washington’s warnings about a possible Russian invasion, denied any “alarmism”. “This is not scaremongering, They are facts. We have to face the facts to make sure we are fully prepared,” she stressed.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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