French authorities announced contacts with the Russian Defense Ministry

When asked about the supply of heavy weapons to Kyiv, French Defense Minister Sebastian Lecornu said that he was trying not to talk “too much” about the supply of weapons

Sebastian Lecornu

Contacts continue between representatives of the French and Russian defense ministries, finally breaking the thread of relations with Moscow cannot, Sebastien Lecornu, the newly appointed French Defense Minister, told Le Journal Du Dimanche.

“We are not at war with Russia. Yes, there are contacts between civil or military officials, it is impossible to completely cut the thread with Moscow. France is fulfilling its role as a balancing force. Ukraine needs us to be able to play this role, — he said.

Lecornu said that France, together with its allies, will continue to provide military assistance to Ukraine. Asked about Kyiv's requests for more heavy weapons, the minister replied: “We try not to talk too much about our arms deliveries.”

Speaking about the situation in the Donbass, he expressed the opinion that the situation is dragging on for a long time. “In this case, the question arises of the strategic depth of both sides, that is, their ability to recover in order to hold on,” Lecornu said.

Russia has been conducting a special operation in Ukraine since February 24. Moscow called its goals the protection of the population of Donbass and ensuring its own security in the face of a threat from NATO. Kyiv, in response, severed diplomatic relations with Moscow, declared martial law and general mobilization, and Western countries imposed sanctions and increased military assistance to Ukraine.

After the start of the operation, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin spoke about attempts to organize negotiations with the Russian Ministry of Defense, but was refused. The conversation between Austin and Defense Minister Shoigu eventually took place only in May, the American side reported.

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In connection with the situation in Ukraine, French leader Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly called Russian President Vladimir Putin. In particular, the conversation took place on the first day of the special operation, they also talked many times in March. Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki criticized Macron for constant contacts with Putin, but the French leader said that he considers negotiations his duty.

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