France’s Macron Urges Putin to Respect Democracy

The French president told Vladimir Putin on Monday that Moscow must abide by fundamental democratic principles.

French President Emmanuel Macron told Vladimir Putin on Monday that Moscow must abide by fundamental democratic principles, and that it was right to keep a dialogue between the countries to move forward on international crises.

Macron, who was hosting Putin at his summer residence in southern France, said he hoped the two leaders would make progress towards a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Ukraine after its new president offered an olive branch to Putin.

“We called this summer for freedom of protest, freedom of speech, freedom of opinion and the freedom to run in elections, which should be fully respected in Russia like for any member of the Council of Europe,” Macron told a joint news conference ahead of their meeting.

“Because I believe in a European Russia.”

Moscow has been rocked by weekly protests for more than a month after the authorities barred opposition candidates from running in an election for the city’s legislature in September.

Macron and Putin said they would also discuss how to de-escalate tensions over Iran, the Syria conflict and arms control issues.

Putin told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that he saw no alternative to “Normandy” format heads of state talks on the Ukraine crisis, but stopped short on Monday of signing up to a new summit on the subject.

He said phone conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy had given him cautious grounds for optimism, but stressed that he believed that any meeting aimed at resolving the Ukraine crisis should yield tangible results.

(c) The Moscow Times

8 comments

  1. “French President Emmanuel Macron told Vladimir Putin on Monday that Moscow must abide by fundamental democratic principles”

    Where have you been the last few weeks Macron? Does the mass arrest and terrorising of civilians by the Russian SS look like democracy? All in all I would say this meeting achieved a rise in global warming, and nothing else.

  2. Two mincing pipsqueaks meet. Both blessed with zero integrity. One is more lethal and evil than the other, that’s all.

    • Did you notice how the yellow vest movement died down, as soon as Macron started crawling up Putin’s ass?

  3. “Putin told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that he saw no alternative to “Normandy” format ”

    I can see an alternative. Namely, remove your holidaymakers from Ukraine, including Crimea, and pay billions in reparations for all the theft and destruction in Donbas and Crimea. There you are, problem solved. I bet Macron didn’t think of that alternative.

    • Vladolf is hoping the format will be the worn out useless outnumbered Normandy format. I think he is hoping very much that Trump and Johnson don’t enter it and balance it out.

      • The jellyfish are hardly going to fuck him. Better to replace them with guys who are not going to take BS off the dwarf.

  4. Gosh! Did anyone else notice that mariah go past? Telling Pootie he needs to respect democratic freedoms is like a dog barking at the wind. And Tzar Pootie of Mordor yapping about no alternative to the Normandy format is a joke. The Pootlerstan has a completely different interpretation or vision of that signed agreement. In his statement he is turning down any possibility of the UK and the US of A involvement. I would suggest that is because his “negotiators” would not fare well in that scenario.

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