Ukrainian President Volodymyr Gelensky on Thursday told French President Emmanuel Macron that the purpose of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine was doubtful. For his part, the French president did not rule out further talks with the Kremlin leader.
“I do not think there is any possibility that the President of the Russian Federation will be willing to ask anything,” Zelenski told a news conference in Kyiv with European leaders.
“This time he (Vladimir Putin) is making decisions and then talking to someone (…). It’s not just about Emmanuel Macron, I do not know if there are leaders in the world today who can lead Russia individually to end the war,” Zhelensky told Ackerpress.
The Ukrainian president responded to a reporter who asked him about Macron’s recent statements that Russia “should not be insulted,” especially in the wake of the waves of criticism that have arisen from Ukraine.
Macron is deeply involved in the Ukraine crisis, one of the few leaders who continues to speak with critics of Vladimir Putin in Eastern Europe, and liaises with President Zhelensky.
On Thursday, the French president said he would not rule out a new round of talks with the Russian president, if necessary.
“We need to discuss food security with Russia,” Macron said. “When the windows of opportunity are opened, it will be useful to press for the resumption of negotiations,” Macron said, referring to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia and urging an end to the war.
At the same time, Macron promised, “Germany, like France, will not be in a position to negotiate with Russia on behalf of Ukraine, and we have never, will not make any concessions, or negotiate concessions, but ask for clarity.”
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