Peace will not be built on the “humiliation” of Russia

Emmanuel Macron declared Monday in Strasbourg that, to end the war waged in Ukraine by the Russian army, peace will have to be built without “humiliating” Russia.

“Tomorrow we will have a peace to build, let’s never forget that. We will have to do it with Ukraine and Russia around the table (…) But that will not be done in negation, nor in exclusion of each other, or even in humiliation”, declared the French president during a press conference at the European Parliament.

A little earlier, during a speech, Emmanuel Macron had also declared: “when peace returns to European soil, we will have to build new balances of security” without “ever giving in to temptation or humiliation , nor of the spirit of revenge”.

“Because they have already ravaged the paths of peace too much in the past”, he added, drawing the parallel with the Treaty of Versailles concluded after the First World War, marked by the “humiliation” of Germany.

Until then, the Europeans must “do everything so that Ukraine can hold out and Russia never win”, but also “preserve peace on the rest of the European continent and avoid any escalation” with Moscow, reaffirmed the French president.

According to him, Monday “gave two very different faces to May 9”, both Europe Day in the EU and celebration of the anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany in Russia.

In Moscow, “there was a desire for a show of force, intimidation and a resolutely warlike speech” by President Vladimir Putin. While in Strasbourg, “there was the association of citizens, national and European parliamentarians” to “think about the future” of the continent, he said.

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