Russia has reportedly expressed its determination to continue the attacks and has suggested it can “take control” of the entire country, according to the French government.
the president of France, Emmanuel Macronto the conclusion that “the worst is yet to come” in the conflict in Ukraine After a telephone conversation with the Russian President, Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The President (Macron) expected that the worst was yet to come, given what President Putin had told him,” the Elysee Palace, the seat of the French presidency, said in a statement. Macron spoke for an hour and a half with Putin on Thursday 3. Russia reportedly expressed its determination to continue the attacks and indicated that it might “take control” of the entire country. According to the French presidency, the Russian president also said that the process is developing “according to plans” and may intensify if Ukraine does not accept its terms.
The Elysee indicated that the initiative for dialogue between the two leaders was Putin, who wanted to “inform” Macron “of the situation and intentions, within the framework of an honest dialogue.” Macron responded to Putin’s accusations about Ukraine by saying that he had made a grave mistake with the Ukrainian regime. “You invent stories, you look for excuses,” said the French president, according to the Elysee. According to the French government, this invitation made it possible to reconsider the differences and tell Putin the truth, but also to confirm its intention to continue the military operation to the end. The French president also reiterated his intention to “tighten sanctions” against Russia.
*With information from Agence France-Presse
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