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Macron meets Putin in Moscow on Monday – News (Echo)

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  • On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron will travel to Moscow to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The goal is to contribute to reduced tensions in the Ukraine crisis, where Macron now wants a more prominent role.

  • “One should not give in to Putin, but find an agreement that allows everyone to pull themselves out of this conflict head on,” said Pascal Boniface, a security analyst at the Institute for International and Strategic Relations, IRIS, to Ekot.

  • With regard to the crisis in Ukraine, Macron and his advisers believe that Russia’s main interlocutor should be the EU, not the United States, and that the natural mouthpiece for the EU right now is Macron himself. That image is not shared by all EU countries.

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