French President Macron Defends Call For Cooperation With Russia

Urges Europe to seek dialogue to ensure the security of its nations.

Sohil Nikam

September 30, 2020

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French President Emmanuel Macron has urged Europe to seek a dialogue with Russia in order to enhance the continent’s security rather than relying primarily on the NATO military alliance. Speaking at a news conference in Riga, Latvia, he said that Europeans should be able to rethink their relations with Russia despite recent tensions after the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. “Our collective security imposes that, given geography, we need to discuss with Russians,” he asserted.

Macron, however, reiterated that Russia must provide clarifications on the reported poisoning of Navalny or the country would face international consequences. This August, the opposition figure and one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s biggest critics fell ill during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow and was hospitalized on landing. It was later reported that he was poisoned and a flight from Germany then arrived to take him into the country for further treatment. Navalny has now fully recovered from the incident.

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