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Macron tells Ukraine to negotiate with Putin to end the war

President of France, Emmanuel Macron has told Ukraine to negotiate with Vladimir Putin in order to bring about an end to the war.

Macron arrived in Romania yesterday for a three-day trip to Ukraine’s eastern neighbours including Moldova, before possibly heading to Kyiv on Thursday on a visit with leaders from Germany, Italy and Romania.

‘The Ukrainian President and his officials will have to negotiate with Russia,’ he said today.

The French leader has been criticised by Ukraine and eastern European allies for what they perceive as his ambiguous backing for Ukraine in the war against Russia.

But French officials have in recent days sought to strengthen the public messaging, while Macron appeared to take a tougher line with his troops.

‘We will do everything to stop Russia’s war forces, to help the Ukrainians and their army and continue to negotiate,’ he told French and NATO troops at a military base in Romania.

Last week, Macron caused outrage when he said Russia should be treated fairly in a negotiation process.

He said: ‘We must not humiliate Russia so that the day when the fighting stops we can build an exit ramp through diplomatic means.

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