Invited to the microphone of France Culture, Hillary Clinton believes that the time is not yet to negotiate with Putin, who has “crossed the red line”.
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At the negotiating table around the Ukrainian crisis, Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly renewed his doctrine: “Do not humiliate Russia. But in the face of Moscow's relentless violence since February, many are arguing for clear intransigence. On May 9, Emmanuel Macron declared in Strasbourg that, to end the war waged in Ukraine by the Russian army, peace must be built without “humiliating” Russia, remarks reiterated on June 3 in the regional press. /p>
A wave of criticism and misunderstanding, especially in kyiv, was observed after these remarks intended to find, the day the guns fall silent, a diplomatic “way out”. France, which poses as a “mediator power”, was then suspected, particularly in Eastern Europe, of wanting to obtain a ceasefire at the cost of concessions to Russia.
This Friday, the Élysée wanted to insist on the fact that France wants the “victory” of Ukraine and the “restoration” of its territorial integrity after the controversy triggered by these repeated calls by President Emmanuel Macron to “not humiliate” Russia. Peace will have to be “negotiated with respect for international law, for Ukraine's sovereignty”, by not leaving Russian war crimes unpunished and by including “the payment of war reparations”, underlined the 'Élysée.
“Putin crossed the red line a long time ago”
Currently traveling in Paris, the former head of American diplomacy Hillary Clinton also harshly criticized this posture at the microphone of our colleagues from France Culture, in the program Foreign Affairs broadcast every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. “When you say you don't want to humiliate Russia, quite frankly, it seems a bit outdated to me,” she said, adding that “Putin crossed the red line a long time ago.”
For Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin sees himself as “Peter the Great”, who waged “an incessant war against Sweden, against the Baltic, Scandinavian and Northern countries for more than 20 years”. Urging “everyone to think,” the woman who faced Donald Trump in the race for the White House in 2015 believes it is “likely that those on the front line, the front line of Russian aggression, like the Baltic or Polish leaders, have a much clearer view of who Putin really is and what his goals are.”
Macron expected in Romania on Tuesday
Thus, according to Hillary Clinton, the time has not yet come to open the dialogue. “I am for the Ukrainians and that means not pushing for negotiations prematurely,” she said, before concluding: “I think the ultimate success would be Putin's defeat. And in this, I can only agree with what President Zelensky and his government demand, that is, a total withdrawal from the occupied territories in Ukraine.
To defuse the controversy, the Élysée recalls, however, that the head of state had replied to President Putin, “who explains that the war is taking place because Russia had been humiliated in the 1990s, which is an important theme of Russian propaganda.” The head of state will travel to Romania on Tuesday, where French forces are stationed, and to Moldova on Wednesday, the French presidency also announced, without confirming whether a much-awaited trip to neighboring Ukraine was also in the pipeline.