Weekend Reads: War in Ukraine: Macron anticipates a "direct contact" with Putin "in the coming days"

Macron asked Xi to intervene with Putin to stop "climbing" in Ukraine

 Macron asked Xi to intervene with Putin to stop © Copyright 2022, the Obs French President Emmanuel Macron asked this Tuesday, November 15, to the Chinese leader XI Jinping D 'Intervene with their Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in order to convince him to stop "climbing" in Ukraine and return to the "negotiation table", said the Elysée. "The President of the Republic is asking for China helping to pass messages to President Putin in order to avoid climbing and to revert to the negotiating table," said the French presidency.

Emmanuel Macron et Vladimir Poutine n'ont pas échangé directement depuis plusieurs semaines. (Archives) LP/Jean-Baptiste Quentin © Jean-Baptiste Quentin Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin have not exchanged directly for several weeks. (Archives) LP/Jean-Baptiste Quentin It's been several weeks since they exchanged, their last telephone call dating back to September 11 . Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday that he would have "direct contact" with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin "in the coming days" on civil nuclear power and the Zaporijjia plant, that Moscow and kyiv accuse each other of having bombed. "I intend to have direct contact with him in the coming days on the subjects of civilian nuclear in the first chief and the central of Zaporijjia , after an exchange" with the director general of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, said the president French to the press during a visit to the Salon des Mayors at the Parc des Expositions in Paris, without specifying the form of this "direct contact". Russia wants to "despair the people", says Macron the Ukrainian operator, Energoatom, announced that three nuclear power plants in the country were "disconnected" on Wednesday from the electricity network after Russian strikes having targeted energy infrastructure and caused breakdowns massive current. "The Russian strategy is to despair the people on the ground," assured Emmanuel Macron. "Our elected officials also have a role to play," added the French president, recalling that France would welcome on December 13 "a conference in Paris" for Ukrainian resistance and resilience ". Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had called on Tuesday French mayors to provide help to his country to prevent Russia from using the cold this winter "as a weapon of mass destruction".

Emmanuel Macron wants "the same ambition" industrial as Washington for Europe .
© Ludovic Marin, AFP French President Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart, Joe Biden, hold a press conference at the White House, in Washington, December 1, 2022. French President Emmanuel Macron estimated that Europe must "go faster and stronger" in its industrial ambition, after an interview on Thursday, with its American counterpart, Joe Biden, to the White House. The two heads of state displayed a solid alliance despite the disputes.

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