President of France Emmanuel Macron decided not to wait for the solution of the conflict in Donbas and started rapprochement with Russia. He also explained the grounds of changing attitude toward President of Russia Vladimir Putin as RFI reported.
“It was the fruit of much consideration. I would not say that it was a special event among others. It was the mature decision, historical and strategic conviction,” he said.
The President of France also stated that the armed Ukraine-Russia conflict in Donbas is not the reason, which will hinder to build the relations with Russia in the future.
“Russia captured Ukraine and we assumed measures. We are on the way of the frozen conflicts. But if we would wait the solution of all frozen conflicts to move forward we would wait a lot,” Macron said.
He underlined that after the Normandy Summit, which took place in Paris on December 9, 2019, the historical prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine took place and it is necessary to continue to work productively to settle the conflict.
Earlier, France and Germany welcomed the exchange of held persons that took place today between Ukraine and the uncontrolled territories of Donbas.