17:26 24 May 2024

"Putin is not ready to make peace": Macron reacts to Russia's rejection of Olympics truce

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The Kremlin's rejection of a temporary "Olympics truce" by leader Volodymyr Putin demonstrates his lack of readiness to accomplish peace in Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron stated this in an interview with CNBC.

He emphasized that the "Olympic truce" is a tradition, and it would be "essential to use this window for one month."

"For me, a truce is not the goal. A lasting peace is an ultimate goal. But I think it is essential. This is a big moment to clarify the situation because every week, President Putin has said that he is ready for peace," Macron said.

But, according to the French president, Putin did not agree to a ceasefire.

"For everybody in the world, it's clear. He is the one who decided to launch this war, and he is not ready to make peace," Macron said.

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Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron said he hopes to negotiate a ceasefire in the world's main conflicts by the time of the Summer Olympics and is counting on the support of various partners, including the leader of China.

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, didn't believe in the possibility of implementing Macron's idea of a ceasefire in Ukraine. He noted that Russia would use such a pause to regroup and attract additional forces to "destroy us."

On May 17, at a press conference during his visit to China, Putin said that Russian athletes were not allowed to participate in the Olympic Games with the flag and the national anthem of the Russian Federation while they wanted Moscow to follow "the rules dictated by the West."



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