Macron reaffirms support for kyiv but refuses to call Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism”

No complete alignment with Ukraine’s positions, but a reaffirmed commitment at its side vis-à-vis Russia: French President Emmanuel Macron once again gave in the register of “at the same time” during a press conference held on June 28 at the end of the work of the G7 meeting in Elmau, Germany.

On this occasion, the French president answered a question on the sanctions taken against Moscow and reacted to the request of his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, who had asked for Russia to be designated as a “State sponsor of terrorism”. A claim made after the fire that broke out in a shopping center in Kremenchuk on June 27, the result of a deliberate strike according to kyiv, while Moscow disputed this version, saying that the destruction of an arms depot provided by Westerners, located nearby, was the cause of the damage in this “non-functional shopping center”.

“We do not need any qualification whatsoever to bring these sanctions” against the Kremlin, affirmed the head of state, while condemning the “war crimes” committed according to him by Moscow. He also insisted on the fact that “Russia cannot and must not win” the current conflict, which he believes will last. “No one is in favor of an end to the war in the coming weeks or months,” he said, highlighting the commitment of the G7 members to support Ukraine over the long term. .

“We will continue to sanction Russia, to support Ukraine and its people, to obtain either a complete victory for Ukraine or the possibility, in terms and at a time to be chosen by the Ukrainians, to conduct the negotiation which will be theirs, on their terms”, he developed, hammering that there was “no other option” in the eyes of the G7 and France.

The members of the G7 wanted to appear united and determined in the crisis, as illustrated by the words of the host of the summit, Chancellor Olaf Scholz. “The G7 remains united in its support for Ukraine,” he said after the talks, adding: “We will continue to maintain and increase the economic and political costs of this war for the president. [Vladimir] Cheese fries.” Returning to the costs of this support for Western economies, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared to the BBC that “the price of freedom is worth paying”, not hesitating to compare the current mobilization of the West against the Russian offensive with the struggle of the democracies confronting Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

New French arms deliveries

In addition to the economic sanctions aimed at harming the Russian economy, France announced, through the voice of the new Minister for the Armed Forces Sébastien Lecornu, that it was preparing to send armored personnel carriers to Ukraine “in quantities significant”. During an interview given on June 27 to the Parisian, the Minister also confirmed the dispatch to kyiv of six additional Caesar guns in addition to the twelve already deployed against the Russian forces. On the other hand, he did not give any details on the date scheduled for this shipment, announced by the Head of State on June 16 during his visit to kyiv.

As for the delivery of anti-ship missiles requested by kyiv, Sébastien Lecornu confined himself to indicating that this “is part of the files examined”, without giving more details. Since the start of the military offensive launched by Moscow in Ukraine on February 24, Paris has delivered to Ukraine, in addition to Caesar guns, Milan anti-tank missiles and Mistral anti-aircraft missiles. In mid-April, Florence Parly, then Minister of the Armed Forces, had estimated the military equipment supplied at more than one hundred million euros.


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