Macron further expressed his opinion that the role of Paris in this conflict is to be the “mediating power.
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk requested help to defend them from attacks by Ukrainian troops, resulting in several waves of anti-Russian sanctions in a variety of spheres. Macron and Putin had repeatedly held telephone conversations on the matter before and after the beginning of the military operation.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has also been calling Putin , so is Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi .
But according atop a report by the Financial Times the politicians in Eastern Europe are uneasy about their Western European counterparts’ willingness to talk to Putin, as it raises suspicions that some EU countries want to pressure Kyiv into giving up territory to end the war. The paper writes that the Baltic states believe such talks will only give Putin more power, and that Europe should instead increase its weapons supplies to Ukraine.