This interview scheduled for the end of the morning is maintained even though Kiev is now calling on its Western allies to cease all political
appeasement with regard to Moscow, accused by Washington and Kiev of having massed 150,000 soldiers on the eastern Ukrainian borders.
After their meeting on February 7 in Moscow, this discussion between the French and Russian presidents constitutes
the last possible and necessary efforts to avoid a major conflict in Ukraineunderlined the Elysee.
Russia may launch an attack on Ukraine
at any timerepeats for its part the White House.
US President Joe Biden is due to participate in a rare meeting of the National Security Council devoted to the Ukrainian crisis on Sunday, a few days before a meeting between his Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Thursday February 24.
But the lights are now red, with the
all signs point to Russia planning a full attack from Ukraine.
Emmanuel Macron spoke on Saturday with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, who says he does not want
respond to provocations along the line of contact, according to the Elysee. Mr. Zelensky him
entrusted to tell Vladimir Putin the readiness of Ukraine to dialogueunderlined the French presidency.
Russian military action against Ukraine would bring war to the heart of Europehammered a French presidential adviser, evoking a risk of conflict
in and around Ukraine. Then there would be
no other option possible than a very strong reactionhe added.
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, who accuse Kiev of wanting to attack them, announced on Saturday a
general mobilization able-bodied men, after ordering the evacuation of civilians to neighboring Russia.
During the night from Saturday to Sunday, Russian agencies reported artillery fire in the suburbs of Donetsk, in the immediate vicinity of the front line.
The Kremlin denies any intention to attack neighboring Ukraine, which the Kremlin wants to bring back into its sphere of influence.
Moscow conditions de-escalation on
guarantees for its security, such as the withdrawal from Eastern Europe of the military infrastructure of the NATO and the assurance that Ukraine will never join the Atlantic Alliance, demands that are unacceptable to Westerners.
On the front, in eastern Ukraine, the fighting has redoubled. Kiev and Moscow-backed separatists accuse each other of inflaming the conflict, which has claimed more than 14,000 lives since 2014.
The Russian region of Rostov, bordering Ukraine, has declared a state of emergency to deal with a possible influx of refugees from separatist areas.
According to the latest figures from the separatists, more than 22,000 people have been evacuated to Russia, a low figure for areas where several hundred thousand people live.
Demonstrations against the war
For nearly three months, Washington has been sounding the alarm over preparations for a Russian offensive in Ukraine.
On Friday, Mr. Biden said to himself, for the first time,
convinced that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had decided to invade Ukraine
in the next few daysand that the current increase in clashes on the front line in the east of the country was intended to create a
false justification to launch the offensive.
No war with Russia,
No more war, neither cold nor hot. What we need is lovesaid the signs held up during a small demonstration on Saturday in New York.
In Warsaw, a demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine is scheduled for Sunday at midday, when the Munich Security Conference ends.
On Saturday, the Ukrainian president had urged Westerners there to stop their policy
appeasement vis-à-vis Moscow and to increase their military aid to Kiev,
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