Scholz and Macron express “full support” for Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron express their “full support” for Ukraine in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. And they ask for a ceasefire to promote peace negotiations.

Scholz and Macron went together to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, a symbol of the Cold War, illuminated in the colors of the country invaded by Russia, on this Monday night, May 9, 2022.

“Full support for Ukraine,” declared the French head of state, as he approached the German chancellor on foot, before some 200 people present, some of whom were dressed in the colors of Ukraine and shouted “Mariupol,” through the city of East of that country largely destroyed by the Russian Army.

The leaders had already asked hours before, in the German capital, for a ceasefire in order to promote negotiations for a peace that, as they agreed, will have to be based on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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“We have already had several weeks of war. We have to find ways to end this war. But for this, a ceasefire is required first, and it is clear that a future peace must have as a condition respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity. from Ukraine,” Scholz said.

Macron, for his part, pointed out that although Vladimir Putin’s speech today had not represented a new escalation, that is still not enough to think about negotiations. “We need a ceasefire. Only with a ceasefire can there be peace negotiations,” the French president said.

Macron made his first visit to Berlin on Monday after his re-election, for a meeting with Scholz on whose agenda is the war in Ukraine but also the future of the European project, the strengthening of the Franco-German axis and bilateral issues.

“It was evident for me that after the re-election I had to travel to Berlin. We want to reinforce everything that France and Germany have built for so many years and hopefully the friendship that exists between our two countries will allow us to promote important things in the coming months,” he said. Macron.

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Among the issues that will have to be addressed, according to Macron, are the digital transformation and the ecological transformation, the search for the independence of the EU from fossil energy sources, both to achieve energy sovereignty and to meet the emission reduction goals of CO2. In addition, Macron spoke in favor of intensifying cooperation between France and Germany in foreign and defense policy.

On the other hand, he referred to his idea of ​​creating a new political format that would make it possible to intensify cooperation with countries that, like Ukraine, do not yet belong to the EU or with the United Kingdom, which has left it, but which share a series of values common.

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