Russia’s foreign policy may be affected by the president’s ‘post-Covid-19 isolation’, the French leader believes
His French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, has stated that Russia’s foreign policy regarding Ukraine is determined by the whims of President Vladimir Putin instead of rational thought.
Macron speculated on Putin’s thoughts and why he ordered Russian troops into Ukraine in late February, during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday.
“I have no reasonable explanation. I think this is a chain of resentment, this is a hegemonic strategy in the region, and I can say that this is a post-Covid-19 consequence, isolation,” he say.
The French leader argued that when Putin “Deciding to launch the war on February 21, I think he made his first mistake, a huge mistake. And he decided to put Russia in the position of really being a new imperialist country and launch a colonial war.”
On February 21, Putin signed an order recognizing the People’s Republic of Donetsk and Lugansk as sovereign states. Moscow pledged troops to defend the two Donbass republics, and called on Kiev to withdraw its forces from territory it claims as its own, something the Ukrainian government refuses to do. Russia launched a military campaign against Kiev on the 24th.
The hostilities follow decades of Russian complaints about NATO expansion in Europe, which the United States and its allies have pushed despite promises not to do so, made to the country. the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev.
Moscow made a last-ditch attempt to resolve the conflict with NATO last year, when it asked for written assurances that the expansion would cease. The US-led military bloc refused, claiming that any country, including Ukraine, had the right to join NATO.
In an interview with CNN, Macron stated that “It is now clear to everyone that the leader who decides to go to war, the leader who decides to escalate, is President Putin.”
Tapper asked about the stances of countries like China, which acknowledges Moscow has reasons to oppose NATO expansion, while refusing to join the US-led effort to arm Ukraine and punish punish Russia with economic sanctions. Macron refused to condemn them.
“I think we have to avoid lecturing people and saying we are on the good side of history. I think if we have a lot of respect, we try to understand where they stand, what they believe in and what their feelings are, then we can convince them.” he say.
The French president defended the record of diplomatic contacts with Putin, saying they had produced some positive results. He also said that it would be unfair to criticize Germany’s decades-long dependence on Russian energy.
Macron dismissed Tapper’s criticism of the UN as outdated, saying there was no better alternative.