Nowtheendbegins– Moscow gave the visit a guarded welcome, saying it would listen to Macron’s ideas, but played down expectations of a breakthrough. Russia has deployed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders. It denies planning an invasion, but says it could take unspecified military measures if its demands are not met, including a promise by NATO never to admit Kyiv. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia was aware of Macron’s plans to ease tensions. But he added: “The situation is too complex to expect decisive breakthroughs in the course of one meeting.” “In recent days there has been nothing new on the topic of security guarantees for Russia, our Western interlocutors prefer not to mention this topic,” Peskov added.
French President Emmanuel Macron flies to Moscow on Monday in bid to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to dial down tensions with Ukraine, where Western powers fear the Kremlin plans an invasion.
Emmanuel Macron made his bones on the arm of Henry Kissinger at the 2014 Bilderberg coven in Copenhagen, ensuring his soon arrival on the world stage as a player. So he didn’t “come from nowhere”, he was handpicked for this assignment of president of France, much like Jonathan Stonegal and Joshua Todd-Cothran groomed Nicolae Carpathia in Left Behind for his role as the coming global leader of the short-lived 7-year coming kingdom of Antichrist.
He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.”Daniel 11:24 (KJB)
So now, Russia has put all the pieces in place to invade Ukraine, and indeed seem to be on the cusp of doing just that, and the only world leader stepping up to the plate is…Emmanuel Macron? Wouldn’t you expect someone like American president Joe Biden with his 47+ years experience in Washington to be the one to make that call? Yet it is Macron, who has that very curious relationship with Pope Francis, to be the one to speak with Putin. Russia – Magog, Macron – Antichrist, Catholic Pope – False Prophet, now does it make more sense? Let’er rip, ‘tater chip!
France’s Macron flies to Moscow in bid to ease Ukraine tensions
FROM REUTERS: Moscow gave the visit a guarded welcome, saying it would listen to Macron’s ideas, but played down expectations of a breakthrough. Russia has deployed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders. It denies planning an invasion, but says it could take unspecified military measures if its demands are not met, including a promise by NATO never to admit Kyiv.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia was aware of Macron’s plans to ease tensions. But he added: “The situation is too complex to expect decisive breakthroughs in the course of one meeting.”
“IN RECENT DAYS THERE HAS BEEN NOTHING NEW ON THE TOPIC OF SECURITY GUARANTEES FOR RUSSIA, OUR WESTERN INTERLOCUTORS PREFER NOT TO MENTION THIS TOPIC,” PESKOV ADDED.
Macron phoned Western allies, Putin and Ukraine’s leader ahead of the visit, and will follow up on Tuesday with a trip to Kyiv, staking a lot of political capital on a mission that could prove embarrassing if he returns empty-handed.
“WE HAVE TO BE VERY REALISTIC,” MACRON TOLD THE JOURNAL DU DIMANCHE IN AN INTERVIEW IN THE BUILD-UP TO THE MISSION. “WE WILL NOT OBTAIN UNILATERAL GESTURES, BUT IT IS ESSENTIAL TO PREVENT A DETERIORATION OF THE SITUATION BEFORE BUILDING MECHANISMS AND RECIPROCAL GESTURES OF TRUST.”
Two sources close to Macron said one aim of his visit was to buy time and freeze the situation for several months, at least until a “Super April” of elections in Europe- in Hungary, Slovenia and, crucially for Macron, in France. The French leader, who has earned a reputation for highly publicised diplomatic forays since he took power in 2017, has tried to both cajole and confront Putin over the past five years.
Soon after his election, Macron rolled out the red carpet for Putin at the Palace of Versailles, but also used the visit to publicly decry Russian meddling during the election. Two years later, the pair met at the French president’s summer residence. Eastern European countries who suffered decades under Soviet rule have criticized Macron’s approach to Russia, leery of his talk of negotiating a “new European security order”.
To counter critics ahead of the trip and take on the mantle of European leadership in this crisis, Macron has been at pains to consult with other Western leaders, including Britain’s Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden.
“FOR THE PRESIDENT, IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW HIS LEADERSHIP IN EUROPE. THAT HE IS ABOVE THE FRAY,” ONE FRENCH GOVERNMENT SOURCE SAID.
However, unlike in the previous Ukraine crisis in 2015 when then German chancellor Angela Merkel and former French President Francois Hollande travelled to the Kremlin together, Macron has not taken his German counterpart with him. Olaf Scholz will be travelling to Kyiv and then Moscow next week. His foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, is in Kyiv on Monday to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and will visit the conflict area in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. The French president’s visit to Moscow and Ukraine comes less than three months before a presidential election at home. His political advisers see a potential electoral dividend, although Macron has yet to announce whether he will run. READ MORE