Macron arrives in Moscow to try to lower the tension around Ukraine

February 7, 2022

Moscow, Feb 7 (EFE) .- The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, arrives in Moscow today to hold consultations with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and try to reduce the tension around Ukraine and address security issues in Europe. According to Paris, Macron’s visit to the Russian capital will not solve the conflict by itself, but it could be a good starting point to prevent the deterioration of the current situation, after the deployment of more than 100,000 Russian soldiers along the borders of Ukraine. The head of the Kremlin and the French president have spoken on the phone three times in the last two weeks, both about the situation around Ukraine and about the security guarantees that Russia demands from the United States and NATO, including the Alliance’s renunciation of its open-door policy. The French leader proposes a “new balance” to maintain peace and security on the continent, especially Russia’s neighbors, and also address the Kremlin’s concerns about NATO expansion. The United States and the Atlantic Alliance flatly rejected Russia’s demands for security guarantees, which include a legally binding commitment that neither Ukraine nor any other former Soviet republic will ever be accepted into NATO. Moscow had warned that it would adopt “political-military measures” if its concerns about NATO’s approach to its borders were not taken into account, but so far it has not commented on rejecting its demands. According to the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, in addition to the central issues on the agenda, Putin and Macron will also have the opportunity to address issues concerning bilateral relations. Both leaders plan to offer a joint press conference at the end of their talks.