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Macron sacrifices another week of his election campaign

meMost of the lights were already out in the Elysee Palace when the French president was Emmanuel Macron He had a second phone call with President Vladimir Putin at 11 pm on Sunday. In the morning, he had already exchanged more than an hour and a half with the head of the Kremlin to come to the conclusion that there were “different interpretations of the situation.” At 9:45 pm, the Frenchman spoke again with US President Joe Biden.

At 1:48 am, the Elysee Palace sent a statement that diplomacy must be given a new chance. As for put it in She added that Biden accepted “the principle of such a summit”. Like a summit meeting? Macron does not mean a repeat of the Geneva summit talks that were reported to Europe before and after. A summit meeting is scheduled between the two presidents, which will then expand to include “all parties concerned.”

The topic should be “Strategic Security and Stability in Europe”. Macron knows how dangerous the procedure is. But he is convinced that “not all avenues of diplomacy have been exhausted.” It is believed that as long as there is talk, the arms are silent. The summit will not take place “in the event of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” which is the last cautionary sentence in the statement.

Helsinki or Paris? The place is secondary, as it says in the Elysee

A face-to-face meeting is scheduled, but no agreement has yet been reached on the location, according to the Elysee. Helsinki under discussion, or Paris. The location is secondary, the most important thing is that the meeting takes place. The date has not yet been determined. They do not want to be misled by reports from the Kremlin that the summit meeting is too early. Clarification is expected in Paris from planned talks between US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Thursday. Also, the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian He will speak with Lavrov “in the next few days”.

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It is unclear how President Macron is leading crisis diplomacy. France holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union for a period of six months. But the president does not have a formal mandate from the EU partners to negotiate on their behalf the “security and strategic stability of Europe”. Recently, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas quipped the Frenchman in the weekend issue of the Financial Times: “I have a feeling that there is a strong desire to be the hero that solves this issue. But I don’t think it can be solved in this way. It seems to me that there is A kind of naivety towards Russia. She also told Emmanuel Macron and warned him about Putin.

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