Following the discovery of mass deaths in Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron stated on Monday that his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin has come to a halt.
“Because of the killings we uncovered in Bucha and other places, the conflict has taken a different course, therefore I haven’t spoken to him personally since, but I don’t rule out doing so in the future,” Macron said on France 5 television.
Russia has denounced allegations that its soldiers murdered people in Bucha while taking the town as a “monstrous fiction” aimed at demeaning the Russian army.
When asked why he did not follow the lead of other European leaders and fly to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, Macron stated that a show of support was not required following Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.
“I will go back to Kyiv, but I will bring something practical with me… because it’s evident that I don’t need to visit there to demonstrate this solidarity,” Macron said, adding that he has spoken to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy approximately 40 times since the war began.