French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had made "a historic and fundamental error" by attacking Ukraine and that he was now "isolated".
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"I think, and I told him that he made a historic and fundamental mistake for his people, for himself and for history," said Mr. Macron, on the 100th day of conflict, in an interview with the French regional press.
“I think he isolated himself. Locking yourself in isolation is one thing, knowing how to get out of it is a difficult path, ”also underlined Emmanuel Macron.
The French President repeated that we must "not humiliate Russia" - remarks very badly perceived in eastern Europe - "so that the day the fighting stops, we can build a way out through the diplomatic channels.
Pressed to go to Kyiv, while many of his European counterparts have already been there, he replied: “Today, I do not exclude anything”.
“We want to increase financial and military support for Ukraine. And finally, do everything to get cereals out of Ukraine,” he added, contradicting Vladimir Putin for whom the export of these cereals is “not a problem.”
Deliveries by France of Cesar guns to the Ukrainian army will be "compensated", he also specified.
“I asked our industrialists to accelerate the production of armaments, it is not only a question of reconstituting our stocks, but also of reinforcing our independence”, insisted the head of state.