President calls on Putin to end "devastating aggression" in Ukraine

Telephone conversation between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr Vladimir Putin, President of Russia – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 3 May 2022

The French President spoke on the telephone to Russian President Vladimir Putin today, Tuesday 3 May 2022. The conversation follows President Macron’s telephone discussion with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on 30 April.

President Macron again emphasized the extreme seriousness of the consequences of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

He expressed his deep concern regarding Mariupol and the situation in the Donbas, and called on Russia to allow the evacuations begun in recent days from the Azovstal plant to continue, in coordination with humanitarian bodies and leaving the evacuees to choose their destination, in accordance with international humanitarian law.

He also expressed his willingness to work with the relevant international organizations to help lift the Russian blockade on Ukrainian food exports via the Black Sea, given the consequences on global food security.

The French President called on Russia to live up to its responsibilities as a permanent member of the Security Council and end this devastating aggression.

He signalled his continued readiness to work on conditions for a negotiated solution to bring about peace and full respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Finally, President Macron repeated his demand for a ceasefire./.

Published on 03/05/2022

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