"Deserters" Russians: environmental senators for their welcome to France

In Brussels, the European Commission says “to follow the situation very carefully.”

A divisive question. Environmental senators pleaded on Friday for the reception in France of Russian “opponents” and “deserters” who refuse their possible mobilization on the Ukrainian front, in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne.

While Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday the “partial mobilization” of Russians of fighting age, the twelve environmental senators ask the government to welcome “all those who refuse this murderous madness of Putin”, the “opponents” and “deserters “.

“A large part of the Russian population refuses to take part in a murderous war which it disapproves of”, believe these parliamentarians in a press release in which they share the letter sent to Elisabeth Borne.


For “the reception of Russian citizens who are firmly opposed to the conflict”, “France must add its voice to a collective effort and bring this need to European level”, continues the environmental group, chaired by the senator of the ‘Isere Guillaume Gontard.

“We are asking to plead with the European authorities for the extension of the scope of the directive on temporary protection, which has demonstrated its effectiveness for the reception and transit of five million people who have fled Ukraine” , the statement concludes.

In Brussels, the European Commission “is following the situation very carefully” of Russians who are fleeing mobilization and is consulting with member states, its spokesman, Eric Mamer, said on Friday. “It’s a tricky question,” he admitted.

And it divides European states between Germany, which says it is ready to welcome deserters, and the Baltic countries, which are hostile to it. An emergency meeting of the ambassadors of the 27 is scheduled for Monday in Brussels.

The European executive did not give a figure on the extent of the arrival of Russians in the EU following the order of “partial mobilization” announced Wednesday by Vladimir Putin.

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