Macron has handed Vladimir Putin a trump card.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said that the West should think of “guarantees” to give Russia when the Ukraine war is over.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that the West should think of “guarantees” to give Vladimir Putin after the war, which has sparked outrage in Ukraine and was branded “imprudent.”
The French leader said Europe should discuss “how to give guarantees to Russia the day it returns to the negotiating table”.
He added: “One of the essential points we must address — as President Putin has always said — is the fear that NATO comes right up to its doors, and the deployment of weapons that could threaten Russia.”
According to Henry Jackson Society’s Associate Research Fellow Dr Helena Ivanov, the French leader’s comments could risk the security of Western allies as she warned Vladimir Putin could use them as a way to divide the West further.
She told Express.co.uk: “Macron’s comments obviously carry great significance given France’s role in the EU and what this means for the overall EU approach to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Whilst we can assume that Macron’s recent comments are probably caused by his fear that not providing any security guarantees to Russia may lead to escalations in the future, making such comments is not prudent.
“For one, such comments are likely to provide Putin and his supporters more leverage in making further demands.
In addition, such comments are likely to jeopardise the unity between western allies against Russia, as many western countries do not want to give any concessions or security guarantees to the Russian regime.”
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