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Macron condemns Putin’s ‘moral cynicism’ over ‘hypocritical’ Ukraine corridors to Russia

Evacuees flee the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, on March 7, 2022 (Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)
Evacuees flee the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, on March 7, 2022 (Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

French President Emmanuel Macron accuses his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy and cynicism after Moscow said it would open humanitarian corridors to allow the evacuation of civilians from several Ukrainian cities, but only to Russia or Belarus.

“All this is not serious, it is moral and political cynicism, which I find intolerable,” Macron tells LCI television in an interview.

He adds that promises to protect civilians only so that they could flee toward Russia were “hypocritical.”

“I do not know many Ukrainians who want to go to Russia,” he adds, saying that full ceasefires to protect civilians were needed rather than corridors.

Moscow announced the proposed escape routes from Kharkiv, Kyiv, Mariupol and Sumy after Putin and Macron spoke by telephone on Sunday, saying the move was taken after a “personal request” by Macron.

But the Elysee Palace said no such request was made and Macron accused Moscow of a “PR stunt” with its announcement.

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