Russian President Vladimir Putin said he won’t escalate Ukraine crisis, French president says
French President Emmanuel Macron said Russia won’t escalate issues with Ukraine right now
What he said: Macron said Tuesday that Putin told him Monday that “he won’t be initiating an escalation. I think it is important.”
- Putin also reportedly told Macron that there would be no “permanent (military) base” or “deployment” in Belarus, where Russia had sent a number of troops already, per The Associated Press.
Yes, but: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he’d prefer a concrete plan for Russia’s de-escalation since he doesn’t “trust words in general.”
The mystery continues: However, Putin has signaled that he plans to continue the mystery about his intentions for the foreseeable future, according to The New York Times.
- “Some analysts worry that his engagement in diplomacy in recent weeks is merely buying time for Russia’s military to make final preparations for an invasion,” per The New York Times.
- Putin said, after all, that a large-scale war would happen in Ukraine were allowed to join NATO.
- “Do you want France to go to war with Russia?” Putin said, per The New York Times. “That’s what will happen!”