BRUSSELS – As the French president noted, such a dialogue is “necessary for the stability of the entire European continent.”
The European Union cannot continue to put up with the lack of a regular dialogue with Russia, which should be demanding and large-scale. This was stated on Thursday by French President Emmanuel Macron upon arrival at the EU summit in Brussels.
“We cannot tolerate the lack of dialogue with Russia,” Macron said. “In this dialogue, it is necessary to protect the interests of European countries and do it with exactingness,” the French president believes.
According to him, “such a dialogue with Russia is necessary for the stability of the entire European continent.” “But it should be demanding because we do not compromise our values and interests,” the French leader said. “We cannot remain in the logic of reaction to each case, “he stressed.” After all, we recently witnessed a structuring discussion between the presidents of the Russian Federation and the United States, Vladimir Putin, and Joe Biden,” Macron said.
He recalled that “France has been calling for such a discussion for the past two years.” “I would like us to be able to conduct a demanding and large-scale dialogue with Russia in the conditions of European coordination and unity of Europe,” Macron said. He expressed hope that “the work done and the report on relations with Russia prepared for the EU summit will allow us to move forward.”