French President Emmanuel Macron once again stated the need to provide "security guarantees" to Russia after the end of the war. Because of this, he considers Ukraine's accession to NATO unlikely. This was reported by the French publication Le Figaro.
According to him, security guarantees should be provided to Ukraine in the process of deciding to end the war, but Russia also needs them.
Macron believes that granting Kyiv membership in the North Atlantic Alliance will in any case be perceived by the Kremlin as a confrontation.
"Whether Ukraine joins NATO - which is not the most likely scenario - or not, it needs to be given security guarantees, especially since it has been attacked by Russia," the head of France emphasized.
Macron's position regarding "security guarantees" for the Russian Federation has already caused sharp criticism both in Kyiv and a number of strategic partners of Ukraine.
"At the end [of the war], it will be necessary to put everyone at the table. And for all the Europeans and Westerners who give me moral lessons to explain to me with whom they will sit at the table," the French president commented on the criticism directed at him.
He emphasized that he does not want only China and Turkey to conduct negotiations in the future, referring to the mediation efforts of the Turkish side.