Category Archives: France

France and Germany deplore end of mandate of OSCE Border Observation Mission at the Russian-Ukrainian border

France and Germany deplore the decision of the Russian Federation against the renewal of the mandate of the OSCE Border Observation Mission, established at the Russian checkpoints of Gukovo and Donetsk. For seven years, the Mission has been providing objective information on the situation at the Russian-Ukrainian border enhancing transparency and building confidence. Its closing will irrevocably undermine the monitoring

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Russian pensioners call Putin to ban selling Louis Vuitton in Russia

The women revealingly burned the Louis Vuitton logos printed on the leaflets “Putin’s Detachments,” NGO that calls itself Russian pensioners, called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to ban the sale of Louis Vuitton brand products in Russia. The women posted the corresponding video on their YouTube channel. “We ask to ban the sale of this brand, Louis Vuitton, in Russia.

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Moet Hennessy to add ‘sparkling wine’ label to champagne for Russia

MOSCOW, July 4 (Reuters) – The French champagne maker Moet Hennessy said on Sunday it would begin adding the designation “sparkling wine” to the back of bottles destined for Russia to comply with a new law, having had to suspend deliveries to make the change. French winegrowers jealously guard the designation “champagne” for the output of the region of the

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Alexander Query: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

By Alexander Query 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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International community must draw “clear red line” with Russia, – Macron

08:36, 18 April 2021 – 112UA Macron “fully” shares Biden’s desire to open dialogue with Russia. The international community must draw “clear red lines” with Russia. This was announced by French President Emannuel Macron, CBCnews reports.  According to him, the international community should draw a “clear red line” with Russia, including implementing sanctions after any “unacceptable behavior” by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In his

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Macron, Merkel and Zelensky to discuss situation in Donbas without Putin

Leaders of the “Normandy Four” countries will soon hold talks on Donbas without the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports Dzerkalo Tyzhnia, citing a source in diplomatic circles. The interlocutor of the newspaper claims that the conversation of the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will take place this week. The leaders

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Joint Statement by the spokespersons for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and the German Federal Foreign Office on the situation in Ukraine:

France and Germany are concerned by the growing number of ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, which come after the situation had stabilised since July 2020. We are closely monitoring the situation and in particular Russian troop movements, and call on all sides to show restraint and to work towards the immediate de-escalation of tensions. We reaffirm our support for the

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Betraying Ukraine

Berlin, Paris and Moscow walk into a bar. And talk about Ukraine behind its back. That’s what happened on March 30, when the leaders of these countries — Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin — had a teleconference to talk about the war in Ukraine without Ukraine. The troika has reportedly even discussed a peace plan. The Normandy Format

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Merkel, Macron call on Putin to help stabilize situation in eastern Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have held a joint videoconference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling on the Russian leader to help stabilize the situation in eastern Ukraine, the press service of the Elysee Palace has reported. The leaders of France and Germany stressed the need for Russia to make a determined commitment to stabilize the

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France willing to sell its Dassault-built Rafale fighter jets to Ukrainian Air Force

The Ukrainian government has made it known in Paris and Washington that it is looking for U.S. or EU-built, 4++ gen fighter jets to replace its Soviet-era MiG-29s and Su-27s. These intentions were reported by Intelligence Online, a French website that specializes in security matters, according to Defense Express. Kyiv is hesitating between light fighters, like the General Dynamics F-16

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France Slams Russia’s Sputnik Vaccine as ‘Propaganda’ Tool

France on Friday accused Russia of using its Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine as a tool to spread Moscow’s influence and message rather than as way to fight the global health crisis. “In terms of how it is managed, it (the Sputnik V vaccine) is more a means of propaganda and aggressive diplomacy than a means of solidarity and health aid,” Foreign Minister

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French police seek Russian consulate employee over bike theft scheme – media

The suspect, a Russian citizen in his 40s, does not have diplomatic immunity and was brought in for questioning on February 14 but released 24 hours later as police pursued their investigation. French police have issued an arrest warrant for a driver at the Russian consulate in Strasbourg suspected of selling dozens of stolen bikes while on the job, sources

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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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