Macron points warning on Ukraine battle — RT World Information

Paris doesn’t need a “third world conflict” however expects high-intensity battle, the French president has mentioned

France will proceed “serving to” Ukraine within the ongoing battle with Russia, French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned Thursday. Paris is looking for an finish to the battle, with out it spiraling right into a “third world conflict” or changing into straight concerned in hostilities, he added.

France ought to nonetheless enhance its army price range within the wake of the hostilities between Kiev and Moscow, Macron informed French media. “The top of summer season and autumn will probably be very harsh,” he warned, suggesting the combating is about to accentuate.

“Those that thought the high-intensity conflict was over had been flawed. I requested to guage the brand new dangers to regulate our technique till the tip of the 12 months,” the president mentioned.

France is about to proceed supporting the Ukrainian authorities, each straight and thru imposing further sanctions on Russia, Macron went on. “This conflict will final and France will at all times be there to assist Ukraine and decelerate the Russian financial system,” he mentioned.

We need to cease this conflict with out getting concerned. We don’t need a third world conflict.

Macron additionally mentioned Russia was waging a “hybrid conflict” in opposition to Europe, accusing Moscow of slicing gasoline provides. The president was referring to Russia’s state-owned vitality big Gazprom shutting down the Nord Stream 1 pipeline for ten days for annual upkeep this week.

France, and Europe as a complete, should be ready to stay “completely with out Russian gasoline” provide, Macron advised, including that he’ll “ask the French to eat much less.”

“We should attempt to cut back [gas consumption] to move the height of winter. We should do that to keep away from full cuts,“ he mentioned. “Vitality costs went up earlier than the conflict. The true change in the previous few days is Russia’s resolution to chop gasoline. We’re in a hybrid conflict. Russia is utilizing vitality as a weapon of conflict,” Macron added.

Russia despatched troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to provide the areas of Donetsk and Lugansk particular standing throughout the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, had been first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s important objective was to make use of the ceasefire to purchase time and “create highly effective armed forces.”

In February 2022, the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics as unbiased states and demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a impartial nation that may by no means be part of any Western army bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was utterly unprovoked.

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