Russia ‘would not want Ukraine’, Macron says beforehand of high-hazard talks with Putin in Moscow

At the equal time, the German chancellor is in Washington to fulfill the United States president as talks take place on each aspects of the Atlantic to try and find a diplomatic approach to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Russia does not want Ukraine, the French President has said, as he prepares to meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow in an attempt to calm tensions in the region.

“The geopolitical objective of Russia today is clearly not Ukraine, but to clarify the rules of cohabitation with Nato and the EU,” Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with French newspaper Journal du Dimanche on Sunday.

He added: “We won’t get unilateral gestures but it is indispensable to prevent a degradation of the situation before building confidence gestures and mechanisms.

“The security and sovereignty of Ukraine or any other European state cannot be a subject for compromise, while it is also legitimate for Russia to pose the question of its own security.”

But, speaking to reporters in France, the French leader admitted: “I’m very worried by the situation on the ground.

“The priority for me on the Ukrainian question is dialogue with Russia and de-escalation”.

At the same time, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is in Washington to meet US President Joe Biden as talks take place on both sides of the Atlantic to try to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

‘Heading to Putin’s lair’

Over the past week, Mr Macron has made a frenetic series of phone calls with Western allies, as well as to Mr Putin and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

On Sunday, a French presidency source said Mr Macron had spoken with Mr Biden on a 40-minute-long call ahead of his trip to Moscow in a “coordination logic”.

The conversation is said to have allowed the two leaders to “share information about contacts made during the weekend” for good coordination ahead of the trip, the source said.

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