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Macron-Putin interview: “In reality, the Russians believe that Europe is out of the game”

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Marianne: Emmanuel Macron visited Russia and Ukraine on Monday February 7 and Tuesday February 8 to try to begin a de-escalation in the conflict between these two countries. What should we remember from this diplomatic trip?

Arnaud Dubien: The stakes of this sequence – which ended Tuesday evening with a summit of the Weimar Triangle (France, Germany, Poland – country which currently holds the presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) – were important. While tensions have continued to rise in recent weeks and Russians and Westerners have exchanged their first proposals on security issues, it was for the French president to regain the initiative to, on the one hand, bring back Europe in the discussions and, on the other hand, to reconnect with the Russian policy that he had initiated in the spring of 2019.

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“If the lines do not move on this file, it is to be feared that the de-escalation will fizzle out. »

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