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Ukraine’s Kuleba criticizes Macron’s call not to humiliate Russia

04.06.2022 17:28
Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba has slammed comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, who repeated that Russia should not be humiliated for its invasion of Ukraine.  
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.Photo: Mfa.gov.ua, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

In an interview for Ouest-France, the largest French regional newspaper, published on Saturday, Macron said: "We must not humiliate Russia so that the day when the fighting stops, we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means," the Reuters news agency reported.

In response to Macron’s comments, Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said on social media that "Calls to avoid humiliation of Russia can only humiliate France and every other country that would call for it. Because it is Russia that humiliates itself."

President Macron has sought to maintain a dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin and has spoken with him regularly since Moscow's invasion of Ukraine in February, Reuters reported.

Poland and some other central and eastern European countries have repeatedly criticized Macron’s stance, arguing that it only undermines efforts to pressure Putin.

Although France has supported Ukraine militarily and financially, by sending some offensive weapons, Macron has not yet been to Kyiv to offer symbolic political support like other EU leaders, Reuters noted in its report.


Source: PAP, Reuters