Zelensky enters French presidential campaign and asks Le Pen to admit he was wrong

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday encouraged French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who has been criticized for her close ties to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, to admit she “made a mistake”.

“If the candidate admits that she was wrong, (…) our relationship could change,” Ukraine’s President said during a televised interview from Kiev.

However, Zelensky added that he is not “convinced that he has the right to influence what is happening” in France, referring to the political duel between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, who will contest the second round of the presidential elections next Sunday. french

“I want to say that, of course, I have relations with Emmanuel Macron. And I would not like to lose them”, explained the Ukrainian president.

Marine Le Pen was banned from Ukraine in January 2017 after advocating Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014, an act deemed illegal by the international community.

In recent weeks, the French candidate has condemned Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, but last Wednesday called for a “strategic rapprochement between NATO and Russia” once the war is over.

The far-right candidate was welcomed by Vladimir Putin during the 2017 presidential election, and his party, the National Union, continues to enjoy a €9 million loan from a creditor associated with former Russian soldiers.

The military offensive launched in the early hours of February 24 by Russia in Ukraine has already caused more than 12 million people to flee, more than five million of them out of the country, according to the latest UN data – the worst crisis ever. of refugees in Europe since the Second World War (1939-1945).

The Russian invasion – justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security – was condemned by the generality of the international community, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing on the Russia of sanctions that affect practically all sectors, from banking to sports.

The war in Ukraine, which entered its 56th day on Wednesday, has already killed more than 2,000 civilians, according to UN data, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.

Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.

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