“The worst is still ahead of us,” said Jean-Yves Le Drian, for whom “all of Ukraine” is under “bombs”.

“We are facing a wall, a siege logic, which will probably last a long time. So in this situation I think the worst is ahead of us”estimated the Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, who said: “pessimistic”, on the evolution of the war in Ukraine, Sunday 13 March on fracneinfo and France Inter. According to him, “small spaces” of hope “appear to be closing in on strengthening Russian military actions and blocking discussions”.

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On a military level, Jean-Yves Le Drian believed that: “the attack of the Russian troops is now worldwide on the whole territory”“Nowhere in Ukraine are we safe from bombs these days, all of Ukraine is now under fire from Russian troops. We bomb haphazardly”he continued, whether military sites such as this base were bombed on the night of Saturday March 12 to Sunday March 13 near the Polish border, killing at least 35 people, or these hospitals, civilian sites that were bombed “to frighten and sow fear”

“I also see that nothing is moving”added the foreign minister, in detail the “seating logic” founded by Russia. “It’s a proven strategyaccording to Jean-Yves Le Drian. We bomb. Then people are led to believe that they are building humanitarian corridors that they do not necessarily respect, and are accused of not respecting them. They say those who haven’t come out are terrorists, nationalists, neo-Nazis, so they’re guilty, and we hit back. And you open negotiations that are mostly mock negotiations and you accuse others of leaving them.”

From a diplomatic point of view, Jean-Yves Le Drian denounced discussions that: “don’t move forward” between Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President Vladimir Putin. According to him, “President Putin is stuck in his maximalism, he is stuck in his war goals, doesn’t flinch, acts in the form of a dictate he wants to impose on Ukraine”

“Vladimir Putin takes revisionism at gunpoint.”

Jean-Yves Le Drian

at franceinfo

Called the boss of the Quai d’Orsay “an authoritarian drift” within Russia and a “want to expand” beyond its borders. Jean-Yves Le Drian thus reiterated the need for a ceasefire, as we “Can’t argue with a gun to his head”† It is according to him “the condition of everything” and “This is what Emmanuel Macron very urgently asked President Putin on Saturday.”

If France continues the discussions “stubbornly”with Russia, despite the current deadlock in the negotiations, it is pending when “it will be possible to talk to each other”, said Jean-Yves Le Drian. According to him, the sanctions have this aim: “It’s about increasing the cost of the war on Vladimir Putin, so that he is forced to mediate between what it costs to his country, to his people, and open real discussions.”

The minister thus recalled the three axes around which support to the Ukrainians revolves: the sanctions, “a new train is ready” to ban, in particular, the import of iron, steel and luxury goods from Russia, military aid, namely the shipment of weapons “defensive and deadly”, and financial aid. Asked about the possibility of adding an embargo on Russian gas and oil imports, Jean-Yves Le Drian assured that there would be no “no taboo” and “everything is on the table”using the words Emmanuel Macron, casually recalling that “we are not at war with Russia, but that Russia is at war with Ukraine”