The door to dialog with Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to be open, stated Emmanuel Lenain, the French Ambassador to India. In an unique dialog with India In the present day, Ambassador Lenain stated Russia’s aggression in Ukraine is “unprovoked”, including that Europe will stand united.
Talking off the again of French President Emmanuel Macron’s televised handle to the nation on Wednesday, Ambassador Lenain stated, “The door continues to be open for dialogue with President Putin.
“President Macron has been very forceful and energetic in conducting dialogue over the previous few weeks with President Putin to keep away from this bloodshed. The quick precedence is a ceasefire and to guard the civilian inhabitants.”
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Expressing his condolences over the demise of Indian pupil Naveen Shekharappa amid shelling in Kharkiv on March 1, Ambassador Lenain stated, “You need to name a spade a spade. This isn’t a warfare between two nations. It is aggression by a rustic that’s clearly not a democracy, and which appears to have objectives past territorial achieve but in addition a change of regime.”
The French Ambassador to India stated he had no info of Russia’s purported plan to overthrow Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s regime and plant former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in his place.
He, nonetheless, added, “If any of these [Ukrainian reports] had been confirmed, that may be one other proof that the aggression is just not in regards to the safety concern but in addition is about toppling a democratic authorities.”
‘Not a battle between NATO and Russia’
Ambassador Lenain rejected the notion that NATO had any position to play on this aggression.
“It isn’t a warfare or battle between NATO and Russia or NATO towards the remainder of the world or the East towards the West. It was not led by NATO. There have by no means been any troops by NATO on Ukrainian soil,” the French envoy stated.
Demonstration in assist of Ukraine exterior NATO HQ in Brussels on Feb 25, 2022 | AP
He additionally cleared the air on any plans for NATO’s growth or Ukraine’s inclusion in it.
“There isn’t any such dialogue proper now. There’s by no means been any plan to combine Ukraine into NATO. When that was mentioned years in the past, in 2008 on the Bucharest Summit, it was dominated out on the time. So this isn’t the issue,” Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain instructed India In the present day.
‘Will grow to be a brand new dimension in Europe’
Talking of the vote on the United Nations Common Meeting on Wednesday calling on Russia to cease its aggression, Ambassador Lenain stated, “You may see from the vote yesterday on the UNGA. 141 nations voted in favour. I feel it is very uncommon to get that type of assist for such a decision.
“In case you have a look at sanctions, you’d see nations from the world over adopting their nationwide measures. There’s widespread indignation about this aggression.”
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Reacting to India’s abstention on the vote, he stated, “India is a sovereign nation. India makes its choices in line with its pursuits.”
Nonetheless, the French Ambassador to India added, “We might solely say that it’ll grow to be a brand new dimension in Europe (in Geneva). We’re going to introduce a decision with Mexico calling for the safety of civilians, unhindered entry to humanitarian help, and protected evacuation of civilians.
“I do know India could be very delicate to that. We hope to get India’s assist for this decision, which is able to come to a vote within the coming days.”
‘Democracy has a value’
Requested in regards to the affect France is prone to face because of sanctions imposed on Russia, particularly within the power sector, Ambassador Lenain admitted that the affect could possibly be important throughout sectors.
“Our authorities will do what it takes to assist these sectors however we’re able to face the implications. When the sanctions had been adopted, we had that in thoughts. Democracy has a value; freedom has a value and we Europeans are able to pay it,” Ambassador Lenain stated of Europe’s resolve towards Russian aggression.
A Member of European Parliament holding an indication in assist of Ukraine throughout a plenary session in Brussels on Tuesday | AP
The French envoy to India went additional to say, “We live in a harmful world and we have to be autonomous by way of safety. It applies to most nations. I do know that India shares this and now we have to chop our dependency on Russia by way of power. I will not say India has to do this by way of navy gear from Russia, nevertheless it has to do some work on strategic autonomy.”
He added, “If something, this disaster has burdened the significance of NATO. I feel Putin could have been stunned by the response he has sparked this aggression. If he anticipated us to be divided, it’s the actual reverse.”