Ukraine-Russia Tensions: French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will travel to Moscow and Kiev next week as part of an effort to prevent Russia from invading Ukraine and find a diplomatic way to de-escalate tensions between the two countries. Macron’s visit to Moscow is proposed on Monday, while he will be in Kiev the next day i.e. Tuesday.
Scholz will first travel to Kiev and then to Moscow. His visit is proposed on 14 and 15 February respectively. China has backed Russia’s call for a halt to NATO expansion in Ukraine, while the US on Thursday accused Russia of launching military strikes and war in the region on the pretext of fears that its neighbor Ukraine would attack Russian territory. plotting to impose However, the US has not given any detailed information in support of its claims.
Macron and Putin will have a one-on-one meeting
France, an important part of NATO, is sending troops as part of the coalition’s preparations for fears of a Russian attack on Romania, but Macron has been advocating for dialogue with his Russian counterpart and himself. I have spoken to Putin several times a week. Macron’s office said on Friday that the two leaders would have a one-on-one meeting on Monday.
Macron is trying to protect the interests of Europe
Macron is following the French tradition of taking a different path from the US in global politics. At the same time, they are trying to leave their mark on this crisis and protect the interests of Europe. Germany has stressed the importance of various diplomatic formats in dealing with tensions and has refused to send weapons to Ukraine, which has upset some allies. Scholz has recently faced criticism in his own country for his low activism in times of crisis. On the other hand, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also offered to mediate in talks between Russia and Ukraine.
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