The President of the Republic repeated once again that a negotiation process would only be possible if “Ukraine wants it and Russia accepts it in good faith.”
During his speech at the United Nations platform on Tuesday, Emmanuel Macron accused Russia of having provoked a “return of imperialism” in Europe by having invaded Ukraine at the end of February.
“What we have been witnessing since February 24 is a return to the age of imperialism and colonies. France refuses it and will stubbornly seek peace”, insisted the French president, calling on Moscow to “stop the annexation of Ukraine.”
According to the President of the Republic, the invasion of Ukraine by Russia has opened the door to “other wars of annexation, in Europe, but perhaps tomorrow in Africa, Asia or Latin America. We We have to make a simple choice, that of war or peace.”
Call to position
During this speech, the Head of State also called on the countries “which have remained in a form of neutrality with regard to this war” to take a position, considering that they “are wrong and take a historic responsibility.
“Those who are silent today serve despite themselves or secretly with a certain complicity the cause of a new imperialism, of a contemporary cynicism which disintegrates the international order without which peace is not possible”, he said. he throws.
For him, this positioning is not to choose “between East and West or between North and South, but a choice of responsibility for all those who are attached to peace”, pointing out a risk of “division of the world” which would have “direct and indirect consequences.”
Dialogue with Putin assumed
On the other hand, Emmanuel Macron also assumed “the dialogue conducted with Russia” started before the start of the invasion, and which should continue in the days to come with a new interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I will continue to assume it,” he insists.
On the other hand, the latter was very clear, a possibility of peace negotiations between the two countries will only be done on the conditions of Ukraine:
“We all know that only an agreement respecting international law will restore peace. Negotiation will only be possible if Ukraine sovereignly wants it and Russia accepts it in good faith. Negotiation will only succeed if sovereignty of Ukraine is respected.”
Returning to the referendums of attachment to Russia organized in four regions controlled by Moscow in Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron again denounced “a sham” and a parody”, assuring that no annexation by Moscow would be accepted.
In conclusion, he called on UN members to “refuse to stutter history” and “to do everything so that this division does not happen.”