“A peace is possible” when the Ukrainians “decide it”, says Macron

“Peace is possible” when Ukrainians “decide it”, says Macron


“A peace is possible” in Ukraine when the Ukrainians “decide it”, declared Emmanuel Macron on Sunday at the opening of a summit for peace in Rome. 

“At some point, depending on how things develop and when the Ukrainian people and their leaders have decided, in the terms they have decided, peace will be built with the other, who is the enemy of today, around a table”, estimated the French president during a speech at the opening of this summit organized by the Italian Catholic community Sant'Egidio.

“Peace is possible, the only one they (the Ukrainians) will decide when they decide,” he insisted.

While supporting Ukraine diplomatically and militarily, the leader of the French state has assumed since the start of the Ukrainian conflict in February to continue to speak to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, unlike other Western leaders and in particular American President Joe Biden.

He again pleaded, on Friday in Brussels, for kyiv and Moscow to return “around the table” when it will be “acceptable” for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky – but also “as soon as possible”.

This position has sometimes been criticized and Emmanuel Macron took advantage of his speech on Sunday to justify it in front of hundreds of political and religious leaders from around the world gathered for this three-day forum.

“Talking about peace and calling for peace today can have something unbearable for those who fight for their freedom, and make (them) feel like they have been somehow betrayed,” acknowledged the president. French.

But he insisted that one had to have the “courage” to “want peace”, even if “imagining peace in time of war” is “the greatest of the unthinkable”.< /p>

He nevertheless considered that peace should not be “captured by the Russian power”, nor “the consecration of the law of the strongest”, “nor the ceasefire, which would come to consecrate a state of affairs”.

In a plea for “universalism”, Emmanuel Macron, who presented himself as “the president of a secular Republic which has a sometimes complex history with religions”, asked the latter to “resist”. p>

“This duty of resistance of religions”, “it is the one which consists in defending the dignity of each one”, “never to yield in any way to the drive of purity that some would like to summon”, he affirmed.

And this applies in his eyes in the event of a military conflict, but also in the face of the “return of violence”, “anger” and “great fears” which agitate the Western societies, with “a form of relativism which is becoming widespread”.

The French head of state arrived in Rome on Sunday afternoon, where he will be received Monday morning by Pope Francis for an audience private at the Vatican, the third between the two men since the election of Emmanuel Macron in 2017.

The Élysée has not confirmed at this stage a possible meeting with the new Premier e Italian Minister Giorgia Meloni, without however excluding him.