France’s Macron Draws Criticism Over Call Not to ‘Humiliate’ Russia

France, Germany, and Italy have been calling for diplomacy with Russia while other NATO members are against it

French President Emmanuel Macron has come under fresh criticism for again warning the West against “humiliating” Russia and calling for a diplomatic solution to end the war in Ukraine.

“We must not humiliate Russia so that the day when the fighting stops we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means,” Macron said Friday. He added that he believes France should be a “mediating power.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba replied to the French leader’s comments on Twitter. “Calls to avoid humiliation of Russia can only humiliate France and every other country that would call for it,” Kuleba wrote.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), an ultra-hawk who has repeatedly called for direct US military intervention in Ukraine to establish a no-fly zone, made a similar critique of Macron. “Emmanuel Macron is humiliating himself,” Kinzinger said on Saturday. “Russia has already been humiliated, and true to their reputation the French are trying to raise the white flag.”

Macron is not the only European leader that has been calling for a negotiated solution to end the fighting in Ukraine. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi have also been pushing for talks. Together, France, Germany, and Italy represent the three most populous EU nations.

But other NATO nations favor a much more hawkish stance and have actively discouraged diplomacy with Moscow, including the US, Britain, the Baltic states, and many Eastern European countries. US and NATO officials have said that they expect to support Ukraine in its war against Russia for a long time and hope to see Moscow suffer a defeat.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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