July 7, 2022

Emmanuel Macron will propose a “path of de-escalation” to Vladimir Putin

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23h51 : In addition to Emmanuel Macron, this videoconference brought together Joe Biden (President of the United States), Charles Michel (President of the European Council), Ursula Von der Leyen (President of the European Commission), Olaf Scholz (German Chancellor), Mario Draghi (Italian Prime Minister), Boris Johnson (British Prime Minister), Andrzej Duda (President of Poland) and Jens Stoltenberg (Secretary General of NATO).

23h38 : The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron “said its deep concern about the situation at Ukraine’s borders, and the need to work collectively for a rapid de-escalation”, adds a press release from the Elysée. “This de-escalation must go through the expression of firm and credible warnings to Russia.”

23h34 : The leaders of the United States and several European countries have affirmed their support “without reservation” to the territorial integrity of Ukraine and promised “very serious consequences” to Russia in the event of an invasion of that country, the German government has announced. The participants “were all of the view that it is up to Russia to undertake visible de-escalation initiatives” in this conflict, said the spokesman for the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

22h14 : A very nervous session. European stock markets ended in turmoil. This is the effect of tensions between Russia and Ukraine and fears linked to monetary tightening, on the eve of a meeting of the American Central Bank. In Paris, the CAC 40 index ended below 6,800 points (-3.97% to 6,787.79 points) after falling more than 4% in session – its biggest drop since March 2020. In Frankfurt, the Dax lost 3.80%, to 15,011.13 points.

21h42 : “No doubt, the Russians are preparing, but for what?” Here is the one of the number of Release to be published tomorrow. The daily went to the border between Ukraine and Russia. “The Ukraine sees without really believing in it the threat of a war materializing little by little, under the gaze of disunited Westerners.”

21h33 : In addition, the Elysée announces the holding of a meeting of diplomatic advisers between France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine, Wednesday in Paris.

21h29 : French President Emmanuel Macron will propose “a path of de-escalation” in the Ukrainian crisis to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, announced the Elysée, during an interview “in the next few days”. “We are concerned, we are also very careful not to create ambiguity, additional volatility”, added the French presidency in full escalation between Westerners and Russians around the crisis.

21h00 : The United States has placed up to 8,500 soldiers “on alert”, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby announced. This means that they can be deployed among NATO troops in the event of an invasion of Ukraine by Russia. At this point, however, “no decision has been made on the deployment of forces outside the United States at this time”, says the spokesperson.

20h58 : The United States has placed 8,500 soldiers on alert, announces the American Pentagon.

18h15 : It’s 6 p.m., let’s take a look at the news of the day:

• The vaccination pass comes into effect today, thus replacing the health pass in most places where it was requested. Criteria for obtaining it, places where it is required and exceptions, controls and sanctions… Franceinfo answers seven questions on the entry into force of this new measure.

• The United States is studying the sending of several thousand NATO soldiers to the Baltic and Eastern European countries in the face of the risks of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, report the American media.

• The party of the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Kaboré, denounces a “failed assassination attempt” of the head of state, whose fate remained unclear after the mutiny of soldiers in several barracks in the country. Here’s what you need to know about this coup attempt.

17h51 : London and Washington publicly accuse Russia of wanting to undermine power in Ukraine by preparing “an attack”. What are their arguments to justify their accusations, rejected outright by the Kremlin? Our journalist Valentine Pasquesoone explains.

16h10 : It’s snack time! But also to take stock of the news:

• A man armed with a firearm injured several people in an amphitheater at the University of Heidelberg, in southwestern Germany, before being found dead. Police said they had no “not aware of a letter of claim”, while calling on public opinion to avoid speculation.

• Concern is mounting over Ukraine and Russia’s intentions. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends “to postpone travel without being essential or urgent” in the country and not to travel to the border areas in the north and east of the country. Follow our live.

• West African States follow “with great concern” the evolution of the situation in Burkina Faso, “characterized” since yesterday “by an attempted coup”, they wrote in a press release. Here’s what you need to know about the situation there.

• During his trip to the Creuse, Emmanuel Macron assured that he had no “never said” that he wanted “increase college enrollment”.

16h01 : Ukrainian Head of State Volodymyr Zelensky calls on the European Union to remain united against Russia. “Ukraine will not give in to provocations but on the contrary, it will keep calm with its partners”, he added, as Moscow once again accused Kiev of preparing an offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

13h13 : The Foreign Office advises postponing non-essential travel to Ukraine, amid Western fears of a Russian attack.

13h08 : This is a new “emergency aid package” in preparation which will still have to be validated by the European Parliament and the Member States, specified the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. She also said that since the start of the conflict in 2014, the EU and its financial institutions had already mobilized “17 billion euros in grants and loans” for the benefit of Ukraine.

13h16 : The European Commission proposes to increase its financial support to Ukraine to the tune of 1.2 billion euros, to help this country meet its needs linked to the ongoing conflict with Russia.

12h34 : It’s noon, so it’s time to make a new point on the news.

• The vaccination pass comes into force today and replaces the health pass. It becomes compulsory for people over 16 wishing to go to a restaurant, go see a show or take the train.

•Soldiers took up position in front of national television in Ougadougou, the capital of the African country, according to an AFP journalist. Yesterday mutinies took place in hundreds of barracks across the country.

• NATO countries have placed forces on standby and sent ships and combat aircraft to reinforce their defense in Eastern Europe. The United States and the United Kingdom have announced the withdrawal of personnel from its embassy in Kiev in the face of the “growing threat” of Russia.

• French fashion designer Thierry Mugler died yesterday at the age of 73. “natural death”, He had reigned over the fashion of the 1980s and continued to delight international stars with his spectacular outfits with marked silhouettes.

11h33 : Tension continues to mount in Ukraine. NATO countries have placed forces on standby and sent ships and fighter planes to strengthen their defense in Eastern Europe, the North Atlantic Alliance said in a statement. A response to Russia’s military activities on Ukraine’s borders.

10h17 : After the United States, it is the turn of the United Kingdom to announce the withdrawal of personnel from its embassy in Kiev in the face of the “growing threat” of Russia. For its part, the European Union has announced that it sees no reason to “dramatize” tensions between Ukraine and Russia. Moscow is accused by the West of having massed tens of thousands of soldiers on the Ukrainian border and of preparing an imminent invasion of its neighbor.

09h14 : Ukraine ruled “premature” and “excessive” Washington’s decision to recall the families of its diplomats stationed in Kiev amid fears of a Russian invasion. “While respecting the right of foreign states to ensure the security of their diplomatic missions, we consider this action by the US side to be premature,” Ukrainian diplomacy spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said in a statement.

08h44 : The European Union does not intend to follow the example of the United States, which is asking the families of its diplomats to leave Ukraine. It was Josep Borrell, the head of European diplomacy, who announced it this morning. “I think that we should not dramatize the situation and that we must leave Ukraine, unless the United States provides us with information that justifies this decision”, he said before a videoconference interview with the head of the American diplomacy Antony Blinken.

07h13 : The US State Department yesterday ordered the evacuation of the families of its diplomats stationed in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. In question, a situation “unpredictable” Who “may deteriorate at any time”, according to a statement from the US State Department. American nationals residing in Ukraine were also invited to “consider leaving”, faced with the threat “of a Russian invasion”.