After the russia-France presidential meeting, Putin asked reporters: do you want a Franco-Russian war?

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French President Emmanuel Macron has emerged as Europe’s most active interlocutor with Vladimir Putin since tensions between Russia and Ukraine rose.The two have spoken by phone five times since December, The Times said.On February 7, local time, Macron visited Russia, the two had a five-hour meeting.On February 8, Macron will again travel to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.At a joint news conference after their talks, Mr. Putin made it clear that European countries would be drawn into a war with Russia if Ukraine joined NATO and took military action against Crimea.”You want War between France and Russia?”Putin asked in response to a question from a French journalist, ACCORDING to RT.”This is what will happen if Ukraine is accepted into NATO and tries to ‘reintegrate’ the ‘national policy’ of Crimea by force.””You ask me if Russia wants war with NATO, LET me ask you, does NATO want war with Russia?”Mr Putin warned that if Ukraine joined NATO and decided to use military means to “take back” Crimea, it would trigger Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which would draw all of Europe into war with Russia if a member was confirmed to be under attack.”Russia is one of the world’s leading nuclear powers, and no one wins.””(Macron) does not want this outcome, and neither do I,” Putin told reporters.Putin, meanwhile, put a positive spin on the talks, saying some of Macron’s ideas on security were realistic and the two would talk again after Macron traveled to Kiev to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.”Some of his (Macron’s) ideas and proposals, which it’s probably too early to talk about, I think are very likely to be the basis for what we do together next.””We have agreed that after his visit to the Ukrainian capital, we will speak again to exchange views on this matter,” Mr. Putin said.Putin added that Russia would do all it could to find a compromise that would suit everyone.Mr. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, also called the visit “very important,” but added that “the situation is too complex to expect a decisive breakthrough after one meeting.”After the talks, Macron also said the next few days would be decisive in preventing what the West fears is a Russian “invasion” of Ukraine.Macron said he had made concrete proposals to address Russian and Western concerns, France 24 television reported.”President Putin has assured me that he is willing to engage.”Macron added, “If Russia is not secure, Europeans are not secure.”Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint news conference with His French counterpart Emmanuel Macron during their talks in Moscow, Russia, February 7, 2022.Meanwhile, on the other side of the ocean, U.S. President Joe Biden held talks with German Chancellor Wolfgang Schorz at the White House on The same day.In remarks before the talks began, Biden told the press that the United States and Germany were working “in lockstep” in response to Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine.At a joint news conference after the meeting, Biden said, “If Russia invades — that is, tanks and troops cross Ukraine’s border again — nord Stream 2 will no longer exist,” according to the New York Times.”We’re going to end it,” Biden stressed.But Germany does not seem willing to pay for Mr Biden’s rhetoric.Asked how he would do it, Biden said again, “I promise you, we can do it.”But Scholz was coy, avoiding direct reference to Nord Stream 2 and repeating what he has often said before: “We are absolutely united.”U.S. President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Wolfgang Schorz discuss the Ukrainian border situation at the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2022.At present, the situation in Ukraine appears to be easing signs, the parties are holding intensive talks.Next week, Scholz is expected to visit Russia and Ukraine separately for talks with Putin and Zelensky.This weekend, British Foreign Secretary Mark Truss and Defense Secretary William Wallace are also expected to visit Moscow.This article is an exclusive article, shall not be reproduced without authorization.