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Ukraine slams Macron after appealing not to ‘humiliate’ Russia

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Ukraine slams Macron after appealing not to 'humiliate' Russia

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dimitro Kuleba hit back at the French president’s remarks on Twitter (Picture: Getty/EPA)

Ukraine’s foreign minister has slapped Emmanuel Macron, saying it was important not to “humiliate” Russia’s illegal aggression.

The French president said saving Russia from a crushing defeat would be crucial to preserve the possibility of “building an exit ramp through diplomatic means” once fighting stops.

But Dimitro Kuleba hit back on Twitter, saying: ‘Russia’s call to avoid humiliation can only offend France and every other country that will call on it.

‘Cause it’s Russia that humiliates itself. We all better focus on how to bring Russia in its place. It will bring peace and save lives.’

Mr Macron, who said he is “convinced” of his country’s role as a “mediating force”, has sought to maintain talks with Putin since the incursions began in February.

The pair have spoken regularly as part of efforts to achieve a ceasefire and start a credible dialogue between Kyiv and Moscow, although they have had no tangible success.

Asked on national television about the offer to mediate, Ukraine’s presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said there was “no point in negotiating” with Russia until Ukraine received new weapons from the West and Russian The army is pushed back ‘as far as possible to the borders of Ukraine. ,

Russia now occupies about a fifth of Ukrainian territory. Kyiv is receiving more powerful weapons from the West.

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on February 7, 2022 in Moscow, Russia.  Sputnik/Kremlin via Reuters Attention Editors - This image was provided by a third party./File photo

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Moscow (Picture: Reuters)

Last month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s suggestion that Mr Macron ask him to leave a part of the territory to secure a peace deal with the Kremlin was rejected.

US President Joe Biden appeared to refuse to dismiss it when asked about it on Friday.

He said: ‘This is their territory. I am not going to tell them what they should and should not do.

‘But it appears to me that at some point along the line there will have to be a settlement agreement here.’

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