French President Emmanuel Macron stated that the international community should draw its red lines against Russia clearly.
In an interview with Margaret Brennan on the American CBS channel, Macron evaluated recently strained West-Russian relations.
Pointing to the increasing tension in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, Macron noted that sanctions alone may not be enough to deter Russia.
“THE ONLY WAY TO BE RELIABLE”
“We have to draw our red lines on Russia clearly. It is the only way to be reliable. Sanctions alone are not enough, but sanctions are part of a package,” Macron said. used the expression. Macron reports that he prefers constructive dialogue, but that they must have credibility first.
Expressing that he supports a possible meeting between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Macron stated that he always cares about dialogue.
Emphasizing that the international community remained bystander after Bashar Assad violated the red line of US President Barack Obama on not using chemical weapons in Syria in 2013, Macron argued that this strengthened Putin.
Macron also underlined that Moscow did not endorse attempts to intervene in the elections of democratic countries, especially the USA.
The US administration imposed a series of sanctions on Russia on the grounds that it attempted to intervene in the 2020 presidential election, and expelled 10 Russian diplomats associated with cyber attacks from the United States.