Macron supported sanctions against Russian energy resources

According to the French president, he will discuss new sanctions with other EU leaders in the near future. He also did not rule out that France could unilaterally take measures against Russia jpg” alt=”Macron supported sanctions against Russian energy resources” />

Emmanuel Macron

Europe should impose new sanctions against Russia because of the events in Ukrainian Bucha, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with France Inter.


According to him, the new sanctions should be aimed at coal and oil products from Russia.

“We will coordinate this with our European partners. I support sanctions that will affect oil and coal,— Macron said, adding that he does not exclude the adoption of unilateral measures by France against Russia.

At the same time, Macron admitted that limiting or refusing to supply oil and gas from Russia “would be extremely painful”; for France.

Answering a question about the EU’s readiness to refuse oil and coal supplies from Russia, Macron said that “restrictions in this area would become especially painful.”

Macron gave an interview to France Inter as part of the election campaign, he takes part in the presidential elections, the first round of which is scheduled for April 10.

On the night of April 3, photographs began to appear from the Ukrainian village of Bucha in the Kiev region, which showed the bodies of people lying on the streets. Reuters wrote that they— dead civilians. Photo and video footage was published, among other things, by adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak, Reuters and AFP. Bucha Mayor Fedoruk told the agency that after the city returned to Ukrainian military control, “280 more people were buried in mass graves.”

The Russian Ministry of Defense called the published photos and videos about “the crimes of Russian servicemen in the city of Buche, Kiev region” a provocation. The Russian military is not involved in the killings of civilians, Moscow stressed. All Russian units completely withdrew from Bucha on March 30, during the time that Bucha was under the control of Russian troops, “not a single local resident was injured,” the Ministry of Defense noted. They added that the Russian military delivered 452 tons of humanitarian aid to the residents of the Kiev region.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the incident in Bucha “another crime of the Kiev regime,” which, in her opinion, is aimed at disrupting peace negotiations and escalating violence. Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said that what happened was a “blatant provocation of Ukrainian radicals” and demanded that a meeting of the UN Security Council be convened on April 4.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky invited former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Bucha. In an address on the YouTube channel of the president's office, Zelensky said he wanted Merkel and Sarkozy to see “what the policy of concessions to Russia has led to in 14 years.” According to him, Kyiv does not blame the West, but has the right to “talk about indecision.”

Russia demanded the convening of a meeting of the UN Security Council on April 4 because of the “blatant provocation of Ukrainian radicals in Bucha,” said the Deputy Permanent Representative Russian Dmitry Polyansky. At the meeting, the Russian side intends to “bring the presumptuous Ukrainian provocateurs and their Western patrons to clean water,” Polyansky said.

After the photo from Bucha appeared, the German authorities announced that the European Union intended to tighten sanctions against Russia, announced new restrictions and European Council President Charles Michel. German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said that Berlin will begin discussing with partners the issue of tightening sanctions on Monday, April 4.

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