Macron says ‘clear red lines’ should be drawn with Russia – report

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to deliver a press conference after a European Council summit held over video-conference, in Paris, France February 25, 2021. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — France’s President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday world powers should draw “clear red lines” with Russia and consider possible sanctions against Moscow when they’re crossed.

“We have to define clear red lines with Russia,” Macron told U.S. news network CBS in an interview, according to Reuters.

“This is the only way to be credible. Sanctions are not sufficient in themselves but sanctions are part of the package,” he said.

Macron further said he also agreed with U.S. President Joe Biden’s willingness to open a dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a time of festering tensions.

His comments come amid some of the worst friction between the United States and Russia since the 1989 end of the Cold War.

Washington last week imposed a broad array of sanctions on Russia, including curbs to its sovereign debt market, over what it said was Moscow’s interference in last year’s U.S. election, Russian cyber hacking, bullying of Ukraine and other alleged malign actions, Reuters reported.

The United States also expelled 10 Russian diplomats.

In response, Russia told 10 U.S. diplomats on Friday to leave the country and suggested the U.S. ambassador return home for consultations.

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