The Kremlin thus confirmed that French President Emmanuel Macron was expected in Moscow on Monday and German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz on February 15 for talks with the Russian President. Mr. Macron will also visit Ukraine on Tuesday and Mr. Scholtz on February 14.
On a visit to Beijing just before the opening of the Olympic Games, Vladimir Putin for his part united with his close Chinese partner to plead in a joint declaration in favor of a
new era in international relations and the end of American hegemony.
In this document, the two countries with increasingly tense relations with Washington denounce the role of Western military alliances, the
stability and a just peace in the world.
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Moscow has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers for months on Ukraine’s borders, which for Westerners is a sign of a major military operation to come.
Russia, which denies any project in this direction, says in return that it feels threatened by the Atlantic Alliance and, in order to reduce tensions, is calling for the end of its enlargement policy and its withdrawal from Eastern Europe. A request deemed unacceptable by Europeans and Americans.
Moscow and Beijing are behind the concept of
the indivisibility of securityon which the Kremlin relies to demand a departure from the NATO of its neighbourhood, arguing that the security of some cannot be achieved at the expense of that of others, despite the right of each State, and therefore of Ukraine, to choose its alliances.
Turkey blames the West
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who offered to mediate in the Ukrainian crisis and was in Kiev on Thursday, accused Westerners on Friday of
to make things worse between Russia and Ukraine.
The vitriolic Russian-American exchanges also continue to follow one another. Washington assured (without presenting evidence) that Moscow wanted to prepare a video of a fake attack to have a pretext to invade Ukraine.
The United States had previously raised the possibility of Russia carrying out a so-called operation
under false flag, where a country uses the enemy’s recognition signs to confuse. The Kremlin dismissed these accusations, urging
don’t take your word for it US authorities. The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, denounced allegations
The Europeans, for their part, have stepped up diplomatic efforts to avoid a war on the eastern flank of the European Union (EU). The visits of Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholtz to Russia and Ukraine are part of this perspective, France and Germany being the two mediators in the conflict between Ukrainians and pro-Russian separatists supported by Moscow.
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As for Mr. Scholtz’s visit, his first to Russia since taking office, the Kremlin official said he expected
Ukraine said it was pleased Friday with Western support, which it said helped thwart
bullying strategy of the last months in Moscow.
Kiev received this week the visit of British, Polish, Turkish and Dutch leaders and is preparing for those of MM. Macron and Scholtz. The head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kouleba, even assured that
Russia lost this game.
In a symbolic victory, the American giant YouTube on Friday closed channels used by pro-Russian separatists, at war since 2014 against the forces of Kiev. This conflict claimed more than 13,000 lives.