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Monday September 28, 2020

Macron stresses the need for dialogue with Russia

The world – Europe

Macron said during a joint press conference with his Lithuanian counterpart Gitanas Nauseda in Vilnius on Monday: “If we want to establish peace on the European continent, we must work with Russia.”

He added, “We cannot act as if Europe is an island far from Russia.”

The French President touched upon the issue of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who European countries, led by Germany, say he was poisoned with the chemical “Novichok”.

In this regard, he indicated that Russia must provide clarifications on this issue, adding that the international community will determine its next steps based on the steps of Moscow, which will either provide information on the issue to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or it will reject it, he said.

For his part, the President of Lithuania thanked Macron for France’s contribution “in ensuring the security of the region,” noting that the French military participate in the NATO mission in the region and in monitoring the airspace of the Baltic states.

The two presidents touched on the situation in Belarus, where protests over the presidential election results continue.

Nauseda said that Lithuania and France agreed that the European Union should impose sanctions on Belarus “as soon as possible.”

In turn, Macron indicated that France calls for the OSCE to play the role of mediator in settling the crisis in Belarus.

He confirmed that he would meet the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, in Lithuania.

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