A documentary broadcast this Thursday on France 2 reveals a discussion of just under ten minutes between Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Poutine, four days before the Russian assault in Ukraine. A documentary produced by journalist Guy Lagache and broadcast this Thursday, June 30 on France 2 reveals the content of an interview of nearly 9 minutes between Vladimir Poutine and Emmanuel Macron, four days before the start of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. This February 20, Emmanuel Macron is trying to ease tensions and avoid a future war: “Since our last conversation, tensions have continued to grow and you know my commitment and my determination to continue the dialogue”, says the head of the French state to the Russian leader. “I would like you to first give me your reading of the situation and perhaps quite directly as we both tell me what your intentions are”, continues Emmanuel Macron. “What could I say? You see yourself what is happening,” retorts Vladimir Putin, who evokes the Minsk agreements, a peace protocol supposed to put an end to the conflict in the Donbass. The head of the Kremlin then attacks Volodymir Zelensky, Ukrainian head of state, whom he accuses of wanting to obtain nuclear weapons. “But no, anything,” annoys Emmanuel Bonne, diplomatic adviser to Emmanuel Macron. “We don’t give a damn about the separatists’ proposals” Then follows an exchange punctuated with irony and polite expressions in which the two leaders battle over the Minsk agreements. Emmanuel Macron protests: “I don’t know where your lawyer learned the law. I just look at the texts and I try to apply them!”. “We don’t give a damn about the separatists’ proposals,” he got carried away again after a charge from Vladimir Putin. Returns to the table the subject of Volodymir Zelensky, and a possible meeting between the Russian head of state and Joe Biden. “I very concretely wanted to make two proposals to you. The first, to organize a meeting in the very next few days in Geneva between you and President Biden”, launches Emmanuel Macron. The idea does not seem to delight Vladimir Putin. “To be honest with you, I wanted to go play ice hockey (…). Here, I’m talking to you from the gym,” he told her. Macron battles again, and manages to snatch an “agreement” in principle. On February 24, four days after this exchange, Russia declared war on Ukraine. The appointment set by Emmanuel Macron will never take place. “We did not convince him”, commented the French president several days later in front of the cameras.
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