After being the West’s only mediator in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, France has just been declared an “unfriendly” country by Russia. The countries and territories mentioned in the list imposed or joined the sanctions against Russia after the start of the military operation in Ukraine.
Russia has announced that - due to their “hostile” actions and commitment to sanctions over the unrest in Ukraine - France has joined the Kremlin’s Western-dominated list of “unfriendly” countries. Russia’s official spokesperson added that discussions between the two are now “unnecessary.”
Moscow’s decision comes after they revealed that there has been no bilateral communications for the past 10 weeks. Since Emmanuel Macron’s re-election, the presidents of the two countries have spoken only twice.
Macron has been the only prominent European leader to regularly engage in diplomacy, but he was widely accused in France of showing such an interest in Ukraine only to avoid campaigning for re-election.