After meetings in Moscow and Kyiv, French President Emmanuel Macron ended his diplomatic marathon in Berlin on Tuesday (8) (Weimar Triangle), alongside Polish President Andrzej Sebastian Duda and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Together, they pledged to join forces to prevent war and ensure the security of the European continent.
“Our meeting in Berlin has a specific meaning: three great European countries and the same will to follow a strategy to avoid the increase of tensions”, said the French head of state. “We will continue to act with the aim of avoiding war, guaranteeing stability and peace on the continent, which is our treasure,” he noted.
“We have to do everything to defend the principles of Europe, the sovereignty of states, territorial integrity and respect for values,” added Macron.
The French president called for “a demanding dialogue” with Russia because it is “the only way that will make peace in Ukraine possible”. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky that there will be no “escalation” of violence.
“We will work together on the clues that have emerged in recent days to follow this dialogue, limit risks, and have lasting peace and stability,” Macron said.
“Act together if necessary”
The French president arrived in the German capital in the early evening to speak with Olaf Scholz, who has just returned from a trip to Washington.
“The situation is tense in Europe and dialogue with our partners is important to avoid war, as the presence of Russians on the border is unsettling,” Scholz said at the press conference given by the three.
“Violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and disrespect for the territory of Ukraine are unacceptable and will have political and economic consequences for Russia,” added the German Chancellor.
“We agree with [US President] Joe Biden that we want a de-escalation of the situation, we need negotiation and a solution,” he added.
“Macron went to the Kremlin and Kyiv, I went to Kyiv and Moscow. Our meeting today was useful because we have the same objective: to maintain peace in Europe thanks to diplomacy and the willingness to act together, if necessary”, underlined Scholz.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said he believed it was possible to “avoid war”. He highlighted that “since the second world war we have not seen a military movement like this”. “Territorial integrity is our objective and that of all allies”, added Duda. “The most important thing today is unity and solidarity,” he concluded.
The deployment of tens of thousands of Russian soldiers to the Ukrainian border represents “a level of tension rarely reached since the end of the Cold War”, agreed Emmanuel Macron, who spoke at length with Vladimir Putin on Monday (7) and with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, this Tuesday, in search of a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
The presence of the troops makes Westerners fear an invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which annexed Crimea in 2014 and has supported separatists in their fight against Ukrainian forces. The conflict has already left more than 13,000 dead despite the Minsk peace accords.
In Kyiv, Emmanuel Macron, whose country currently chairs the Council of the European Union (EU), assured that he had obtained “a double commitment” from Ukraine and Russia to respect these agreements. “We must not underestimate the tension we are experiencing (…) we cannot resolve this crisis in a few hours of discussions”, warned, however, the French president.
While awaiting a possible diplomatic solution, Macron assured that he obtained promises from Vladimir Putin during the Monday night meeting: he “told me that he would not be at the origin of the escalation” of violence.
Source: Avec Agencies