Welt readers support Macron’s proposal for security guarantees for Russia
MOSCOW, December 4 – RIA Novosti. German newspaper readers Welt Die He supported French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement on security guarantees to Russia.
“Macron knows more about diplomacy than German politicians,” wrote one commentator.
“Macron is on the right track. De-escalation is the right way. Thanks to France for the hope for peace!” supported the other.
A third said, “France still retains some independence from the United States, pragmatically pursues its own interests and has a diplomatic culture, while German Foreign Minister Burbock pursues the interests of the Foreign Ministry.”
The user shared the view that “The guarantees should have been given last year. Then there would be no conflict in Ukraine.”
The readers, “Such a statement by Macron should have been made no later than 2021. We need to seriously consider how NATO’s eastward expansion is affecting Russia.”
French President Emmanuel Macron previously said in an interview with the TF1 TV channel that after the restoration of peace in Ukraine, Europe’s future security architecture should include security guarantees for Moscow.
At the end of last year, Russia published a draft agreement with the United States and an agreement with NATO on security assurances. Moscow demanded legal guarantees for further eastward expansion of the alliance, refusing to join the Ukrainian bloc and establish military bases in post-Soviet countries. The proposals also included a clause not to deploy NATO offensive weapons near Russian borders and to withdraw allied forces in Eastern Europe to their positions in 1997.
Moscow has been conducting military operations in Ukraine since February 24. President Vladimir Putin described it as the ultimate goal of the liberation of Donbass and the creation of conditions that guarantee Russia’s security.
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