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Macron believes December to be crucial for Ukraine, but not time for talks yet

Macron believes December to be crucial for Ukraine, but not time for talks yet French President Emmanuel Macron (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

December could be decisive for Ukraine as Ukrainian forces attempt to reclaim their territories in counteroffensive operations. However, it's not yet time for negotiations with Russia, states French President Emmanuel Macron.

He noted that supporting Ukraine was a duty for his country and all other nations. In his opinion, allowing Russia to win could result in a "new imperial power" emerging in Europe, posing a threat to other former Soviet republics, including Georgia and Kazakhstan.

Macron also stated that the next month would be crucial for Ukraine as its forces seek to liberate territories in counteroffensive operations.

However, the French President expressed the view that it was "not yet" for Ukraine to sit down for negotiations. He emphasized that the decision on negotiations rested solely with Ukraine. Nevertheless, Macron added that soon there might be a time to "have fair and good negotiations, and to come back to the table and find a solution with Russia."

Ukraine-Russia talks

Ukraine and Russia engaged in several rounds of talks at the beginning of the full-scale invasion, but they are currently on pause. The Ukrainian authorities emphasize that Ukraine will not return to the negotiating table until Moscow withdraws its troops.

Recently, the U.S. and the EU were reported to be privately discussing possible peace talks with Russia, according to NBC News, citing American and European officials.

The discussions reportedly included the question of what Ukraine might have to give up in exchange for peace. On the same day, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denied the media reports, stressing that no one is pressuring Ukraine on negotiation matters.