Category Archives: France

Macron: Impossible to have peace and stability in Europe without negotiating with Russia

It is impossible to have peace and stability in Europe without negotiating with Russia, says French President Emmanuel Macron. He said this on Thursday in an interview with Atlantic Council on February 4, 2021, posted by the Elysee Palace on February 5. “In this very sensitive region, I mean Ukraine and Belarus, we need a political discussion with Russia. When I see

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Macron insists on hard stance against Russia when it comes to Donbas conflict

The French leader, however, stands for negotiations with Russia in such issues as arms control President of France Emmanuel Macron insists on keeping the EU’s tough position towards Russia, when it comes to the situation in Ukraine. Macron said so, replying to experts of a research centre of the Atlantic Council, as quoted by RBC.  “In certain issues, including the

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France Urges Germany to Scrap Russia Gas Pipeline Over Navalny

France on Monday urged Germany to scrap a major gas pipeline project with Russia in protest over the detention in Moscow of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. “We have always said we have the greatest doubts on this project in this context,” European Affairs minister Clement Beaune told France Inter radio.  Asked specifically if France wanted Berlin to drop the project, Beaune said:

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The Kremlin and the Philosopher’s Moan

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a thinker the Kremlin-philosopher Aleksander Dugin(opens in a new tab) loves to hate. Dugin is well known for his critique that the West leans to heavily on enlightenment ideals (such as individual liberty). In Dugin’s eyes, Lévy’s liberalism, lifestyle and activism illustrate the moral emptiness of the West. Lévy and Dugin even debated(opens in a new tab)

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Suspect in French Teacher Beheading was Chechen, Born in Moscow

The man suspected of beheading a French teacher who had shown his students cartoons of the prophet Mohammed was an 18-year-old born in Moscow and originating from Russia’s southern region of Chechnya, a judicial source said on Saturday. Five more people have been detained over the murder on Friday outside Paris, including the parents of a child at the school

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Belarus a blip, Russia looms large on Macron’s baltic visit (Part Two)

On the other hand, Macron proselytized for his notions of reducing The United States’ role in European affairs, reconstructing Europe’s security architecture together with Russia Visiting Lithuania and Latvia on September 28–30, French President Emmanuel Macron communicated a complex message. On one hand, he reassured both countries of France’s intention to continue participating in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO)

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Belarus a blip, Russia looms large on Macron’s Baltic visit (Part One)

Emmanuel Macron’s meeting with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouska in Lithuania turned out to be even less than a side-show French President Emmanuel Macron’s meeting with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouska in Lithuania turned out to be even less than a side-show: a half-hour private meeting, without a joint public appearance (BNS, Agence France Presse, September 28, 29). Instead, Russia

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Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

By Illia Ponomarenko. Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose

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In Paris, a suitcase with 500 thousand euros was found in the basement of a house. The police are looking for the owner

In a house located next to the Eiffel Tower, they found a suitcase with cash inside – it was estimated at 500 thousand euros . The police are looking for the owner. “ We haven’t finished counting yet. It is about an amount from 500 thousand to 600 thousand euros, ” El Mundo quotes a police source, referring to AFP. The suitcase was discovered by a 50-year-old French

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Macron: Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh cannot be resolved without Russia

He plans to discuss the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh with the Presidents of the Russian Federation and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. French President Emmanuel Macron believes that the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh cannot be resolved without Russia’s participation. He stated this during a press conference in Latvia, “TASS” reports. He plans to discuss the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh with

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Former Athletics Chief Guilty of Russian Doping Corruption

16 September – The Moscow Times The former head of athletics’ world governing body, Lamine Diack, was on Wednesday found guilty by a French court of corruption in covering up Russian doping cases and sentenced to four years in prison, two of which were suspended. Diack, an 87-year-old Senegalese who led the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), now renamed

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Ukrainian govt prosecutes opposition MPs who negotiated with Moscow on Normandy Format, – French MP

Sebastian Moran claims that the French government should pay more efforts to live up to Minsk agreements French Senator Sebastian Moran expresses his disapproval over the fact that the Ukrainian authorities have been prosecuting opposition MPs who came to Moscow in March 2020 to present the parliamentary dimension of the Normandy format.  “We’re very disappointed with what’s happening in terms

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Putin and Macron discuss settlement of conflict in Donbas

French and Russian Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation on Wednesday. The conversation took place at the initiative of the French side, the Kremlin’s press service reports. The Presidents discussed, among other things, the steps for resolving the situation in the Donbas. Macron and Putin praised the ceasefire agreed upon by the Trilateral Contact Group. Putin

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PS752: Black box transcript confirms illegal interference with jet downed in Iran – media

22:59, 24 July 2020 – UNIAN An international team examining the black boxes from the jet has completed a preliminary analysis of the data in France. The transcript from the black boxes from a Ukrainian jet accidentally shot down by Iran on January 8 confirms the fact of illegal interference with the plane, Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister wrote on Twitter on

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Fire rips through 15th-century French cathedral, police calling it a criminal act

18 July 2020  –  ©Fox News The church’s great organ, revered as the ‘soul of the cathedral’ by worshippers, sustained massive damages.  A fire ripped through the famed Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in the western French city of Nantes Saturday morning and authorities are investigating the incident as a criminal act. Prosecutor Pierre Sennes told reporters three fires had been started inside the cathedral and

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France to supply 20 patrol boats to Ukraine – French envoy

19:57, 13 July 2020 – UNIAN Five out of 20 boats will be manufactured at Ukraine’s production facilities. French Ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins has said the two counties will sign an agreement next week on the supply of 20 patrol boats to Ukraine. In particular, de Poncins has told journalists about the projects that are at the stage

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Macron confirms his imminent visit to Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron is going to come to Russia. He tweeted about it on Saturday. “The confidential dialogue started with President Putin in Brégançon continues. Security in Europe, regional conflicts, climate, including melting permafrost in the Arctic. We are moving forward, and soon I will come to Russia,” Macron wrote on Twitter. The French President made his statement after

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Macron ‘Confident’ of Progress in Russia Ties

French President Emmanuel Macron is confident of progress in key areas with Russia, including notably the crisis in Libya, his office said on Friday after a video conference summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Macron is “confident that we can make progress with Russia on a number of subjects,” a senior French presidential official told reporters, citing “a common interest in

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Volker: France and Germany do not put enough pressure on Russia in Normandy format

Former U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker says he is disappointed with the position of Germany and France that seek to avoid accusations against Russia regarding non-compliance with the Minsk agreements. “Unfortunately, the United States does not play a big role in supporting this process after I resigned in September. I think we really lost in this, and

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Danone ad featuring Russian actor who shot at Ukrainian troops sparks outrage

By Alexander Query. A new ad by French dairy company Danone has sparked outrage among Ukrainian social media users for featuring a Russian actor who fired a heavy machine gun at Ukrainian forces in the Donbas. Released on April 22, the ad features Russian actor Mikhail Porechenkov touting the benefits of liquid yogurt brand Actimel. It was not immediately clear

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Iran ‘likely’ to give Ukrainian airplane black box to France – report

Following the Ukrainian’s side delay in responding to Iran’s offer regarding the Ukrainian plane’s black box, the Iranian authorities have decided to send the black box to another country. Iran will “likely” send the black box from the Ukrainian airplane shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to France, Al-Arabiya reported, citing Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency. The

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