Macron says Western allies “ready for a prolonged conflict” in Ukraine

French president, Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron declared that Kyiv’s Western allies were “ready for a prolonged conflict” in Ukraine.

“We absolutely need to intensify our support for (…) the Ukrainian people and its army and help them to launch a counter-offensive, which alone can allow credible negotiations,” Macron said in a speech at the Munich Security Conference.

Prior to the first anniversary of Moscow’s invasion, international leaders met at the Munich Security Conference on Friday to reaffirm their commitment to supporting Kyiv against Russian forces.

According to Jean de Gliniasty, a former French ambassador to Russia, efforts to encourage Kyiv and Moscow to hold peace talks have been put on hold as Western nations concentrate on increasing their military support for Ukraine and making sure it is prepared to fend off an impending Russian offensive.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz earlier today said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the first time in history that a nuclear power has “wages an imperialist war of aggression on European soil.”

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