French President Macron believes that the tension on the border between Russia and Ukraine is unacceptable, and they believe that the sanctions on Russia are not enough.
Macron said in an interview with CBS TV station yesterday: “Today’s situation and the tension on the border are absolutely counterproductive and unacceptable.”
“I support increased diplomatic efforts to ease tensions, but the dialogue with Moscow must be clear and sharp. I think we need to determine the acceptable boundaries for these dialogues. Only in this way can we be credible. Sanctions alone cannot be done. Enough, But they are part of a “package.”
Macron participated in diplomatic efforts to ease the recent tensions in Ukraine and spoke with German Chancellor Merkel and Ukrainian President Zelensky on Friday. The three politicians demanded that Russia withdraw its troops gathered near the border with Ukraine and called for respect for the fragile truce in eastern Ukraine. The President of Ukraine announced new negotiations under the mediation of Germany and France.
Recall that in 2014, Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula (which had been part of Ukraine until then) and rebelled in certain areas of eastern Ukraine. Most Russians clashed with the Ukrainian army. Parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions along the Russian-Ukrainian border are still under the control of rebels with the support of Russia, and tensions have recently escalated.