Macron defends Russia dialogue and slams ‘mistaken morality’ seeking to stop him,

French President Emmanuel Macron defended his continued diplomatic efforts and telephone calls to Russian President Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine, slamming criticism of his efforts as “mistaken morality.”

Speaking to French ambassadors gathered at the Elysée Palace on Thursday, Macron questioned the decision in western capitals to close lines of communication with the Kremlin.

“The job of a diplomat is to talk to everybody and particularly to the people we disagree with,” he said at his yearly address on foreign policy. “Who wants Turkey to be the only world power that is talking to Russia? … We must not give in to any form of mistaken morality that would seek to weaken us.” Läs artikel