French President Emmanuel Macron warned Tuesday “Russia cannot and should not win the war.”
“Our support for Ukraine and our sanctions against Russia will be maintained as long as needed and with the intensity needed in the upcoming weeks and months,” Macron told a news conference at the G7 summit in Bavaria.
When asked about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call to end the war in Ukraine before the year is out, Macron responded, “No one is considering an end of the war in the next weeks or months.”
He expressed hope an “exit could be obtained at the end of the year,” but “only with the certainty that Russia cannot and should not win.”
The French leader refused to use language previously used by Zelensky, describing Russia as a “state sponsoring terrorism.”
Macron also called the Russian missile strike on a Ukrainian shopping center a “war crime.”