the President of France Emmanuel macron has called Europe “the most real partner” for Russia. Speaking at the Munich security conference, macron said the peculiarity of the geographical location of our country and added that Europe and Russia is needed “trust”.
the macron pointed out that Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and our country needs to engage in dialogue and develop a relationship, despite their differences. The French leader also expressed his belief that the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine is impossible without Russia’s participation.
Noting the role of the partnership between Europe and Russia, macron, meanwhile, expressed the opinion that China will not go too close Alliance with Russia, although Western countries in 2013-14 during a sharp reaction to the Ukrainian crisis has pushed Russia towards a closer cooperation with its Eastern neighbor.
Speaking about the sanctions against Russia, the macron indicated that they did not bring any benefit and it didn’t change anything. By not offering to cancel them, macron said that sanctions and counter-sanctions cost Europe and Russia too expensive.
the French leader proposed two scenario: first Europe still Harbor a distrust of Russia (though he has some supporters in the EU), the second path of development of relations of Europe is on the development of strategic dialogue. It is the second version of Makron called “reliable way”.
Previously, the need to establish relations with Russia at the Munich conference said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.