What about Putin? Macron wants to talk to him, Biden is waiting to see if he will come to his senses – World – News

The Russian invasion of Ukraine led to the breakdown of already bad diplomatic relations between Russia and the West, led by the United States. US President Joe Biden noted at a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday that he has no intention of negotiating with Russian President Vladimir Putin now.

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President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.

It is said that he would meet with him only if Putin demonstrated his intention to end the war, which, according to Biden, he has not yet done. “When that happens, after consulting with our NATO partners, I will be happy to meet and talk with him,” Biden said.

Macron announced in the White House that he will speak with Putin in the coming days. “I will continue to speak with him as we continue to try to prevent further escalation. I will want to talk, for example, about the safety of nuclear power plants,” said the French president. Macron has spoken to Putin several times over the course of more than nine months of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, with no clear obvious result.

The presidents agreed to support Ukraine in its resistance against the Russian invasion for as long as necessary. They want to support its resilience in the winter, for example, by strengthening the supply of anti-aircraft systems and equipment needed to repair Ukraine’s energy grid, which is now repeatedly attacked by Russian forces.

At the press conference after the negotiations, Macron thanked Biden for supporting Ukraine, which has been resisting Russian aggression since February. “This war has a direct impact on Europe and the United States has decided to invest heavily in our joint effort,” Macron said. He added that the common goal of France and the US is a sustainable peace, and Biden’s unequivocal position is essential for its achievement.

According to Macron, the solution to the conflict in Ukraine is negotiation between the warring parties. “However, we will never push the Ukrainians to a compromise that is not acceptable to them. Because they are brave enough to defend their lives, their country and our values. We want a sustainable peace and we respect the right of Ukraine to decide when and under what conditions it will negotiate on its territory,” declared Macron.

According to him, Russia and Ukraine must find a way to the negotiating table. “At the right moment and under the conditions determined by the Ukrainians, we will help them ensure peace,” declared the French president. Direct negotiations between the Ukrainian and Russian delegations took place for the last time at the end of March and had no result. They also called for negotiations and dialogue with other world powers, including China, India or Turkey.

However, direct negotiations between Russia and Ukraine are not yet in sight. The daily Ukrainska Pravda reported in November, citing a Kremlin spokesman, that Russian attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure are aimed at forcing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to negotiate. Ukraine states that it does not reject talks, but does not want negotiations based on Russian ultimatums and does not want negotiations directly with Russian President Putin. Kyiv’s condition is also that Russian troops leave the entire territory of Ukraine.

France and Russia are determined not to let up in their efforts to hold Russia accountable for the widely documented war crimes committed by its military and other pro-Russian forces in Ukraine, including mercenary groups. It is in a joint statement after the negotiations between the presidents of France and the USA.

Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.

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