French President Emmanuel Macron will seek to bring Ukraine and Russia to the negotiating table with the help of China, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, April 18, citing sources familiar with the intentions of the French leader.

The President instructed his foreign policy adviser, Emmanuel Bonne, to work with top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi to create a framework that could be used as a basis for future talks.

According to anonymous sources, negotiations between the Russian Federation and Ukraine will take place this summer if everything goes according to plan.

A spokesperson for Macron’s office confirmed that Bonne planned to speak with Wang Yi but declined to comment on the details.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs generally noted that it does not know the source of the information, and it is “difficult to verify its authenticity.” During his recent visit to China, Macron failed to convince Chinese leader Xi Jinping to speak with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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The two leaders, Xi and Zelensky, have not spoken since Russia’s full-scale invasion began more than a year ago. It is currently unknown whether official Kyiv and its allies support Macron’s plan. Many of them have previously rejected proposals for a ceasefire, fearing that it could allow the Russia to retain occupied territories and rebuild its damaged forces for a future assault on Kyiv.

According to the sources, any future negotiations will depend on several conditions, including the outcome of Ukraine’s anticipated spring offensive. Many countries are also skeptical that Beijing can serve as a neutral mediator, given its “unrestricted friendship” with Moscow.

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In response to Russia's armed aggression Ukraine, once the world's breadbasket, has had to focus more on reinforcing it military arsenal along with most countries in the West.

Moreover, China has not yet shown signs of readiness to pressure the Russian Federation to withdraw its troops from Ukraine.

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Brad Arnold
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The Ukrainian military will collapse this summer, allowing Russia to seize up to the Dnieper river by the end of the year.

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Jacques Willemen
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macron is braindead NATO is alive

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David
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France was very lucky Macron was not around during WW2 to organise negotiations and broker a peace deal with Germany.

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dfarning
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I don't really see the problem with Marcon proposing a framework for talks.

As long as all parties realize that Putin's, Macron's, and Xi's desire for influence will not come at the expense of Ukraine's future sovereignty.

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Greg
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Marcon again, I think he just wants his name on the head lines.. I do not expect Marcon is interested in Ukraine's sovereignty but of his own interests. I do not trust Marcon for anything.

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Joe Swanson
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IF...IF this is true then this is a disingenuous attempt at peace.
Seems that some nations want "peace" at the expense of Ukraine giving pieces of our land to russia. That is not peace. No negotiations no cease fires no peace UNTIL every russian soldier leaves ALL Ukrainian land and the russian government pay reparations. Anything less is being an accomplice to the russian government's criminality and genocide.

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