France pushes risky bet on detente with Moscow

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French President Emmanuel Macron senses an opportunity to bring Russia's Vladimir Putin back in from the cold and potentially help usher in peace ...

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron senses an opportunity to bring Russia's Vladimir Putin back in from the cold and potentially help usher in peace in Ukraine, an ambitious - and risky - undertaking that Western allies might not welcome.

After the meeting, he told France's diplomatic corps the time had come to move beyond"misunderstandings" and"rethink our ties with Russia". And on Iran, despite his G7 coup of inviting Tehran's top diplomat for talks and signs of softening from US President Donald Trump, a resuscitation of the hard-won 2015 accord limiting Iran's nuclear ambitions seems unlikely.

"It won't be easy but it's not a rash move," he added, pointing to France's"real diplomatic advance" by promoting Russia's return to the Council of Europe, the continent's foremost human rights body, last June. Paris has already called for a summit with the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France in the coming weeks.

 

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