Category Archives: France

Macron Says NATO Should Focus on Terrorism Instead of Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said his remarks that NATO was experiencing “brain death” had been a useful wake-up call to alliance members, and he would not apologize for saying it. Macron’s blunt verdict ahead of a Dec. 4 summit in Britain drew strong reaction from European peers who believe Europe still needs to rely heavily on the transatlantic

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Germany, France no “neutral mediators” in Donbas talks – German foreign minister

The two countries will contribute to bringing peace to eastern Ukraine, Heiko Maas said. Germany and France in negotiations on Donbas settlement uphold territorial integrity of Ukraine rather than act as neutral mediators, according to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. The law on special status of Donbas, Maas said, together with the preparation for local elections and the issue of

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Merkel, NATO chief reject Macron’s view NATO is dying

“NATO remains a cornerstone of our security,” Merkel told reporters French President Emmanuel Macron used “drastic words” when he described NATO as experiencing a “brain death”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, saying that was not her view. “NATO remains a cornerstone of our security,” Merkel told reporters, according to Reuters. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also rejected the characterisation

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Macron: Oleg Sentsov is great European

French President Emmanuel Macron has met with Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, who was released from a Russian prison, on the sidelines of the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg. “With liberated Oleg Sentsov in Strasbourg. The great European. He belongs to those who believe that the freedom of others is as important

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France and Germany: The other bad guys in the Trump-Ukraine call

by Tom Rogan When it comes to the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the U.S. domestic response is predictably partisan: Many Democrats see Trump as the bad guy, and many Republicans see this as a scandal-in-name-only. But one element from that call should unify Democrats and Republicans. Namely, Trump and Zelensky’s agreement that

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Trump says EU should spend “much more” on backing Ukraine

23:55, 22 September 2019 The U.S. House of Representatives on September 19 passed a legislative act that would allow providing US$250 million in military aid to Ukraine. U.S. President Donald Trump says the European Union should spend “much more” on backing Ukraine. “Ukraine has got a lot of problems. < > We backed — I backed Ukraine from the beginning.

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Edward Snowden, Currently in Russia, Says He’d ‘Love to Be Granted Asylum in France’

Former U.S spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said he would love French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him political asylum after one of Macron’s ministers said if it was up to her she would offer him asylum. French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said at the weekend she supported granting asylum to him, though she made clear she was speaking in

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France pushes risky bet on detente with Moscow

French President Emmanuel Macron senses an opportunity to bring Russia’s Vladimir Putin back in from the cold and potentially help usher in peace in Ukraine, an ambitious — and risky — undertaking that Western allies might not welcome. In the latest sign of Macron’s diplomatic drive, France’s foreign and defence ministers, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Florence Parly, will meet their

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Russian Isolation Would Be Europe’s ‘Profound Error,’ France’s Macron Says

Pushing Russia further into isolation would be a “profound error” by Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron has said in his latest overture toward the country that has been under Western sanctions since annexing Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Macron played up efforts to “tie Russia and Europe back together” when he hosted President Vladimir Putin in France last week. He

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Trump, Macron agree that Russia should be invited to next year’s G7 conference – media

Trump is expected to broach the topic with other world leaders this weekend at the G7. U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday expressed his support for reinstating Russia into the G7, and French President Emmanuel Macron has agreed with the President that Russia should be invited to the G7 conference in 2020, according to a senior administration official. Later on

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Macron says Russia not welcome in G8 without peace in Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met in France, an event viewed by some as a possible step to improve relations between the West and Russia. However, during the Aug. 19 meeting, Macron stood strong in emphasizing that Putin’s country cannot get back into the Group of Seven (G7) until its war in Ukraine ends. “The

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Russia Is ‘Deeply European,’ France’s Macron Says in Russian

Russia is a European country, French President Emmanuel Macron has said following talks with President Vladimir Putin. Macron hosted Putin in France on Monday, where the French leader played up efforts “to tie Russia and Europe back together” and underscored his belief that “Europe stretches from Lisbon to Vladivostok.”  “Russia is a very deeply European country,” Macron wrote on his

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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

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