Macron tried to push Zelensky to make “concessions on our sovereignty in order to help Putin save his face”.
No concessions to sovereignty to help Putin save face. Ukraine’s 2014 borders are fixed and non-negotiable. Territorial integrity of Ukraine must be respected, based on the 1994 Budapest memorandum in which Ukraine gave up its nukes.
Appeasement politics with dictators and war criminals never works. All talks with Putin and the lukewarm, fearful Western response after 2014 Russian invasion only encouraged the Kremlin. The only sustainable, fair and acceptable solution: expel all Russian troops from entire Ukrainian territory and send war criminals to TheHague International Criminal Court.
“French President Emmanuel Macron asked Ukraine to make concessions on its sovereignty to help Russian leader Vladimir Putin save face, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
In an interview with Italian TV channel RAI’s “Porta a Porta” talk show broadcast Thursday evening, Zelenskyy was asked about Macron’s comments on Monday, in which he warned Europe must avoid humiliating Putin.
“We want the Russian army to leave our land — we aren’t on Russian soil,” Zelenskyy replied. “We won’t help Putin save face by paying with our territory. That would be unjust.” Zelenskyy added that Ukraine would never recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea.”
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