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France denounced on Tuesday the summons of its ambassador to Russia, accusing Moscow of hijacking diplomatic channels “for the purposes of manipulation of information and intimidation”.

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France denounced on Tuesday May 7 a need for “intimidation” by Russia after Monday's summons of the French ambassador to Moscow, in response to a press launch from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“France notes that diplomatic channels are once again being hijacked for the purposes of manipulation of information and intimidation,” stated this press launch.

Russia summoned the French ambassador on Monday to denounce Paris' “provocative” coverage relating to the battle in Ukraine, after French President Emmanuel Macron once more raised the potential for sending Western troops there.

“Due to the increasingly bellicose statements from the French authorities and the receipt of information indicating France's growing involvement in the conflict around Ukraine (…), French Ambassador Pierre Lévy has been summoned,” Russian diplomacy explained in a press release.

“The Russian side presented its principled assessment of the destructive and provocative line of Paris, which leads to an escalation of the conflict,” she added.

“Aggressive maneuvers aimed at destabilizing European countries”

Moscow has “as soon as once more engaged in a reversal of duties, looking for to accuse Western nations of threatening Russia, whereas the latter has been waging a warfare of aggression in Ukraine for greater than two years in defiance of worldwide legislation and that “It continues, particularly through cyberattacks and hybrid actions, its aggressive maneuvers aimed at destabilizing European countries,” Paris responded on Tuesday.

France “will continue to support Ukraine over the long term as it defends its sovereignty and territorial integrity against Russian aggression,” warned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the identical press launch.

In an interview with the weekly The Economist, revealed Thursday, Emmanuel Macron assumed his place on the attainable sending of troops to Ukraine.

“If the Russians were to break through the front lines, if there was a Ukrainian request – which is not the case today – we should legitimately ask ourselves the question,” stated the French president.

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He created controversy on the finish of February by asserting that the sending of Western armed forces to Ukrainian soil shouldn’t “be excluded” sooner or later. Most European nations, in addition to the United States, stood out clearly, though some have since taken a step in its path.

On Monday, Russia introduced the upcoming holding of nuclear workouts close to Ukraine, in response to “threats” made, in response to it, by Western leaders.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov clarified that it was “the intention to send armed contingents to Ukraine, that is to say, to place NATO soldiers facing the army Russian”.

With AFP