While Emmanuel Macron regularly telephoned Vladimir Putin at the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, launched on February 24, no call between the two leaders has officially taken place for more than two months. Questioned on this subject by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti on August 5, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov made these comments: “First of all, France is a State qualified as hostile because of all the measures it takes with regard to our country. [Les présidents] haven’t had a phone conversation because the time hasn’t come yet. At present it is simply not necessary. If necessary, they can call each other at any time.
At present it is simply not necessary. If necessary, they can call each other at any time
The last official exchange between the Russian and French presidents dates back to May 28. On this occasion, the two Heads of State had notably discussed on the telephone, with the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the fate of Ukrainian soldiers taken prisoner by the Russian army.
Previously, the President of the French Republic had had telephone conversations with his Russian counterpart in early May, early March and five times during the month of February, indicates AFP. He also went to Moscow on February 7 to meet Vladimir Putin, about two weeks before the launch of the Russian offensive.
Since February, officials from Central and Eastern European countries have criticized Emmanuel Macron for his desire to maintain a dialogue with the Kremlin, at the same time as France condemned the Russian military operation in Ukraine and imposed numerous economic and diplomatic sanctions. anti-Russian. It is precisely because of these sanctions that Moscow classifies France among the countries deemed “unfriendly” or “hostile”, alongside the other countries of the EU, the United States, Australia, Canada, from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Norway and Taiwan.
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