Contents tagged with France

  • French intelligence: Russia has 3 scenarios for invading Ukraine

    French intelligence believes that Moscow is developing several scenarios for military aggression against Ukraine: from the seizure of the entire Donbas to the occupation of cities in the South of Ukraine.

    The French news agency Europe1, referring to the French intelligence, said that Putin is still planning to invade Ukraine. At the same time, the Russian president understands the balance of power is "very tense."

    According to Europe1, Putin will decide the future fate of Ukraine based on the …

  • Macron calls Putin ahead of his visit to Ukraine

    French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation. One of the topics of the conversation was the situation around Ukraine.

    According to the Kremlin’s press service, the conversation took place at the initiative of the French side.

    The Kremlin's press service reports that Putin complained to the French president about the alleged violation of the Minsk agreements by Ukraine. The Russian president claims that Kyiv is exacerbating the situation …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry publishes confidential correspondence with Germany and France

    The Foreign Russian Ministry has published diplomatic correspondence of Russian Foreign  Minister Sergey Lavrov with the foreign ministers of France and Germany Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas.

    The letters of Lavrov and the German and French ministers are posted openly on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry explained such a step by the fact that the position of the Russian side and its approach to  the Normandy format meetings is allegedly regularly …

  • France and Germany warn Russia against new aggression against Ukraine

    Foreign Ministers of France and Germany Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas signed a joint statement following the meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. In the document, the Foreign Ministers said Russia would face "serious consequences" if it continues attempts to undermine territorial integrity of Ukraine.

    In the joint statement, Germany and France "reaffirmed their firm support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine."

    Both ministers called on …

  • France urges EU countries not to recognize Russian COVID vaccine

    Paris believes that the European Union countries should not recognize COVID-19 vaccines created in China and Russia, said the Secretary of State for European affairs in the French government, Clément Beaune, speaking on the air of the TV channel France 2.

    He pointed out that the list of vaccines, which will allow travelers to enter France, should be limited to those vaccines, in the effectiveness of which the French authorities are confident. So far, only four vaccines have been recognized in …

  • France hopes Russia won't interfere in forthcoming presidential elections

    The French leadership hopes that Russia will not interfere in the presidential elections in 2022 but Paris is under no illusions about the practices of hacking and information attacks that Russia uses against other countries, said in an interview with Pierre Person, a member of the French National Assembly and one of the closest associates of President Emmanuel Macron.

    "In 2017 and 2018, during a meeting with the Russian leadership, President Macron made it clear that such interference …

  • UK, France and Ukraine suspend all flights to and from Belarus

    The national airline of Belarus, Belavia, announced that flights to London and Paris were discontinued from 25 May to 30 October 2021. According to Belavia’s press service, this is due to "the decision of the Governments of Great Britain and France to ban Belavia flights to and from the UK and France".

    "We are saddened by the current situation, which cannot be changed. We apologise to passengers," Belavia’s statement reads. Those who bought tickets for flights in these directions will be given …

  • Russian consulate in Strasbourg turned into illegal stolen bicycles market

    French police have issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of mass theft and subsequent resale of bicycles. The case was brought in February after an electric bicycle belonging to the member of the French ruling party "Forward, Republic!", the municipal councillor of Strasbourg Alain Fontanel, disappeared. Fontanel's bike was parked outside the French office of the Council of Europe.

    A couple of days later Fontanel found it listed for sale on a classifieds website.

    Fontanel contacted the …

  • France urges Germany to stop construction of Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    Germany should stop construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline amid violent crackdown on protesters in Russia, announced French Minister of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune on the radio station France Inter, Deutsche Welle reports.

    "We have always said that we have huge doubts about this project in this context," he said.

    When asked if this meant a call for Berlin to abandon the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Beaune said: "This is correct, we have already talked about it."

    He also …

  • French Foreign Minister impressed by scale of protests in Russia

    France considers the "shift towards authoritarianism" in Russia,which is demonstrated by the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and mass detentions at rallies on January 23,  "very disturbing",  said the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian in an interview with the French radio station France Inter, which was aired on Sunday, January 24.

    "I believe that these mass arrests showed an extraordinary violation of the rule of law," Le Drian said. "I also find …