Putin to Macron: Moscow ready to negotiate with Kiev


Russia remains open to dialogue with Ukraine, despite Kyiv’s inconsistency and unwillingness to work hard, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a telephone conversation with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.

According to the Kremlin’s press service, Putin reported to Macron on the progress of the “special operation” in Ukraine, including the “liberation” of Mariupol and the evacuation of civilians from the Azov plant. The latter was in line with the agreement reached between the Russian head of state and UN Secretary-General António Guterres on 26 April.

Putin complained that the countries of the European Union were turning a blind eye to the war crimes of the Ukrainian security forces and the massacre of civilian cities and towns in the Donetsk Basin.

He noted that “the West could help stop these atrocities by exerting adequate influence on the Kiev authorities and by stopping arms shipments to Ukraine.”

Vladimir Putin and Macron also discussed the problem of global food security after the French side voiced concerns about it. In this context, the Russian head of state blamed sanctions on Western countries primarily for the difficulties and noted the importance of the smooth operation of global logistics and transportation infrastructure.

Putin congratulated Macron on his re-election. The two leaders agreed that the two countries would continue to liaise at different levels.

It was the first contact between the two heads of state since Macron was elected to his second term. The parties last spoke on the phone on March 29th. Macron had an exchange of views with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday.

Cover photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 15, 2022 (Photo: MTI / AP / Sputnik / Mikhail Klimentyev)



Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.

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