France ‘intensifies’ work to prevent escalation of war in Ukraine: Macron

Ruling out any military involvement in the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday (local time) that France had decided to “intensify” work to prevent the escalation of the war, according to a media.

Macron’s remarks came at a press conference after a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit and Group of Seven meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday.

“We have decided to intensify the work to prevent escalation and organize ourselves in case it happens. We are acting on the need to continue to adapt our posture to the new strategic circumstances caused by the war in Ukraine and its consequences”, quoted CNN Macron. saying that he highlighted the participation of 3,200 French soldiers in NATO exercises.

However, ruling out any direct military involvement, Macron reiterated that France will not be “co-belligerent” in the war.

“We continue to stand with the Ukrainian people with military, economic and humanitarian support. Our determination has led us to adopt an unprecedented series of sanctions with unity,” he said.

Outlining in more detail a unified response by NATO allies and the European Union (EU) to isolate Russia, Macron said: “Russia has taken historic responsibility by starting this war. Our strategy is to do everything to stop any escalation and stop as quickly as possible. this conflict through our support for Ukraine, our sanctions and the ongoing discussions between some of us and [Russian] President Putin to find ways and means for a negotiated solution.”

Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24 after the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk requested help to defend themselves. What followed the military operation was a series of sanctions imposed by Western countries targeting the Russian economy.

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