War in Ukraine: Macron denounces a “return to the age of imperialism and colonies” before the UN

French President Emmanuel Macron accused this Tuesday, September 20, at the rostrum of the United Nations General Assembly, Russia of having provoked a “return of imperialism” in Europe by having invaded Ukraine at the end of February.

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“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.hammered the French president.

“Who is hegemonic today if not Russia? »wondered the head of state.

A Security Council on Thursday

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is at the heart of this high-level diplomatic week at the United Nations General Assembly. With in particular an intervention Wednesday by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – by video thanks to a special authorization voted last week by the Member States – and a Security Council Thursday at the level of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

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“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 our international order without which peace is not possible”lamented Emmanuel Macron again.

Before him, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had warned, at the opening of the Annual General Assembly, against a “winter of discontent looming on the horizon”in a world “paralyzed” by divisions despite mounting crises, from the war in Ukraine to global warming.

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