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The President of France Emmanuel macron described two scenarios of interaction between European countries with Russia. He stated this during the Munich security conference, said on Saturday, February 15, owned by Grigory Berezkin RBC.
First and foremost, according to him, Europe is able to act in relations with Russia “even more harshly” and build up pressure against it. On the other hand, European leaders have the opportunity to expand a strategic dialogue with Moscow, respecting their values and saving influence.
The French leader stressed that the second option is more preferable, since Russia is an important neighbor of Europe and a potential partner in the field of security and crisis management, particularly in the middle East. “We’re talking less and less, and crises in our relations more and more,” concluded macron.
On 4 February, the Ambassador of France in Ukraine, Etienne de Poncin said that Paris continues the dialogue with Moscow because Russia’s isolation did not give any results. According to the diplomat, the Russian holding in isolation or at a distance “was not a good tactic and strategy”.
In November 2019 macron also stated that the EU should renew dialogue with Russia, despite the position of Poland and the Baltic States.
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