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“It will be a useless dialogue”


Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy has stated that the French president, Emmanuel Macron is wasting his time considering any sort of dialogue with Russia over the war in Ukraine.

Zelensky, interviewed by the Italian daily paper Corriere della Sera, was responding to a suggestion by Macron that Russia should be “defeated but not crushed” and that the conflict in Ukraine would have to be settled by negotiations.


Zelensky and Macron spoke by telephone on Sunday February 19.

“It will be a useless dialogue. In fact Macron is wasting his time. I have come to the conclusion that we are not able to change the Russian attitude,” Zelenskiy told the Italian daily.


“If they have decided to isolate themselves in the dream of rebuilding the old Soviet empire, we cannot do anything about it. It is up to them to choose or not to cooperate with the community of nations on the basis of mutual respect.”

He rejected any suggestion that it was Western sanctions that had driven Russia President Vladimir Putin into isolation.

“It was instead the decision to launch the war that marginalised Putin,” he was quoted as saying.

On Friday, Macron urged allies to step up military support for Ukraine.

He also said in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche he did not believe in regime change, that there was little chance of a democratic solution from within Russian civil society and no alternative to bringing Putin back to the negotiating table.


Macron has drawn criticism from some NATO allies for delivering mixed messages regarding his policy on the war between Ukraine and Russia.

In describing their conversation on Sunday, Zelenskiy made no mention of Macron’s latest comments. The leaders discussed strategies, including joint decisions Zelenskiy said were due ahead of this week’s first anniversary of Russia’s invasion.






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