“Macron is the one who needs to save his face after this.”
Commenting on the news, a Conservative party member, Mr M Isery-Guts tweeted: “If this is true, Macron is an enemy of Democracy! Allowing a potential war criminal a chance to save face is a total disgrace. The leaders of France and Germany have been shown to be weak. Nobody should respect them again.”
Another Twitter user, @Harley_Tory, said: “What would have happened to France if the British Empire had decided to let Nazi Germany keep large sections of France as Macron is suggesting Ukraine should give up land to Putin. Macron is a coward & and an embarrassment to Europe.”
And user @234pulse agreed, saying: “Macron is a coward…. Spread the word! A policy of appeasement has never deterred a dictator, didn’t work against Hitler and it won’t work against this murderous Putin the French can learn more about resilience from Ukraine.”
The Elysée, questioned about the alleged friction between Mr Macron and Mr Zelensky that emerged from the words of the Ukrainian president, said on Friday that “the President of the Republic has never discussed anything with Vladimir Putin without the agreement of President Zelensky”.
In addition, the French presidency underlined, Mr Macron “has never asked for concessions from Zelensky. He has always said that it is up to the Ukrainians to decide the terms of their negotiations with the Russians”.
The Ukrainian leader reiterated an offer to hold direct talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and said Russia’s withdrawal from Ukraine should be the starting point for any discussions.
He said: “As president, I am ready to talk to Putin, but only to him.
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