French leader believes Moscow’s foreign policy is affected by its president’s “post-Covid-19 isolation”
His French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, has claimed that Russia’s foreign policy towards Ukraine is based on President Vladimir Putin’s wishes rather than rational thinking.
During an interview with CNN’s Jack Tapper on Thursday, Macron speculated about Putin’s mindset and reasons for ordering Russian troops into Ukraine in late February.
“I don’t have a rational explanation. I think it’s a series of resentments, it’s a hegemonic strategy in the region, and I would say it’s a post-Covid-19 result, isolation. They said.
The French leader argued that when Putin “He decided to start his war on February 21st, I think he made the first mistake, a very big mistake. And he decided to put Russia in a situation where it would become a new imperialist country and a colonial war. Let’s start.
On February 21, Putin signed orders recognizing the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as independent states. Moscow pledged troops to defend the two Donbas republics, and demanded that Kyiv withdraw its forces from the territory it claims, which the Ukrainian government has refused to do. Russia began its military campaign against Kyiv on the 24th.
The rivalry follows decades of Russian grievances over NATO’s expansion into Europe, which the United States and its allies pushed forward despite promises made to the late Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.
Moscow made a last-ditch effort to resolve the dispute with NATO last year, when it demanded written guarantees that the expansion would stop. The US-led military bloc refused, claiming that any country, including Ukraine, had the right to join NATO.
Macron made this claim while giving an interview to CNN. “Now it’s clear to everyone that the leader who decided to go to war, the leader who decided to escalate, is President Putin.”
Tepper asked about the stance of countries like China, which recognize Moscow’s rationale for resisting NATO expansion, while complicit in U.S.-led efforts to arm Ukraine and punish Russia with economic sanctions. Refuse to be. Macron refused to condemn them.
“I think we should avoid lecturing people and saying we’re on the good side of history. I think, if we have a lot of respect, we try to understand where they stand. , what they believe, and what their feelings are, we can convince them.” They said.
The French president defended his record of diplomatic contacts with Putin, saying they had yielded some positive results. He also said it would be unfair to criticize Germany for decades of dependence on Russian energy.
Macron dismissed Tapper’s criticism of the UN as outdated, saying there was no better alternative.
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