It’s been two months since the Russian and French presidents haven’t spoken on the phone. They haven’t misplaced their numbers and don’t have to worry about packages. But we can say in a way that they are pissed off. At least on the side of the Russians. This was explained, in more diplomatic language, this Friday, August 5, Dmitri Peskov, spokesperson for the Kremlin, in response to a question about the absence of a recent telephone exchange between the two leaders, who were spoken of several times at the beginning of the year. “They can call each other in a minute” “Well, first of all, France is an unfriendly state in terms of the actions it takes regarding our country. They don’t call each other because they feel the time is not right, and right now it just isn’t necessary. If the need arises, they can call each other in a minute, ”said Dmitri Peskov. The last official exchange between Putin and Macron dates back to May 28, when the two leaders notably discussed on the phone, with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the fate of Ukrainian soldiers taken prisoner by the Russian army. Previously, Emmanuel Macron had telephone conversations with Vladimir Putin in early May, early March and five times in February in the midst of rising tensions until the Kremlin offensive in Ukraine on February 24. He also went in person to Moscow on February 7 to meet Vladimir Putin. Read also: “I don’t know where your lawyer learned the law”: a Macron-Putin exchange before the war Exchanges criticized in the past These multiple contacts have earned criticism from the French president, some accusing him of having maintained regular exchanges with the head of the Kremlin without succeeding in preventing the launch of a Russian offensive against Ukraine. Russia qualifies as “unfriendly” the countries which, like France, notably imposed sanctions against them after its intervention in Ukraine. The Kremlin has continued to add to this list of “unfriendly” countries subjected to retaliatory measures by Moscow. It now includes the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Taiwan and all members of the European Union. chevron_leftchevron_right
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