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Macron: I proposed to Putin "Concrete security guarantees"


Moscow (AFP) – 02/08/2022. 03:45

Macron: There is no security for Europeans unless there is security for Russia

  • French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he had proposed to Putin “concrete security guarantees” for all countries involved in the Ukraine crisis.
  • “President Putin assured me of his readiness to abide by this logic and his desire to preserve stability and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Macron said.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that Moscow will do everything in its power to “reach settlements” in the crisis with the West

French President Emmanuel Macron announced at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin In Moscow on Monday evening, he suggested to the Kremlin master, in their five-hour talks, “to build concrete security guarantees” for all countries involved in the Ukraine crisis.

“President Putin assured me of his readiness to abide by this logic and his desire to preserve stability and territorial integrity,” Macron said. Ukraine“.

“There is no security for Europeans unless there is security for Russia,” Macron told his Russian counterpart.

But he reminded the Russian leader that in terms of security the Baltic states and other European border states have “the same concerns” that Russia expresses.

He explained that these countries “feel that agreements made have been violated” with the deployment of Russian forces.

“We must together rebuild these concrete solutions because we live on both sides of a common border,” Macron said.

The Elysee master pledged to “intensify contacts” with all his partners in order to “build new solutions”.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow will do everything in its power to “reach settlements” in the crisis with the West over Ukraine.

“As far as we are concerned, we will do our utmost to find settlements that suit everyone,” Putin said, adding that there would be no “winners” in the event of a war on the European continent.

The Russian leader also stressed that NATO and the United States have ignored Moscow’s demand for security guarantees that include the non-expansion of the alliance, pointing out that his country will put pressure on them to make a firm commitment.

“I don’t think our dialogue is over,” he said, adding that Russia would soon send a response to NATO and Washington.

He also stressed that the Ukrainian authorities must respect the Western-brokered Minsk agreements on the military conflict with the country’s separatists, saying, “I simply believe that there is no alternative.”

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