Putin ally warns France that Russia has “no more red lines”

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned France on Thursday that Russia has “no more red lines” for the country.

Medvedev, who served as head of state between 2008 and 2012 and is currently vice-chairman of Russia’s Security Council, made the comment in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

His warning was addressed to French President Emmanuel Macron, who earlier in the day reaffirmed Paris’ strong support for Kiev in its war against Russia’s invading forces during a meeting with France’s other party leaders at the Elysee Palace.

Le Monde reported that Fabien Roussel – national secretary of the French Communist Party – said after the meeting that Macron had expressed how “France’s position has changed” regarding the war, and that “there are no more red lines, no more borders.

Medvedev responded to the French newspaper’s report in a threatening X-post.

Left, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks during the United Russia Party Congress on December 4, 2021 in Moscow, Russia. On the right, French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference…

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“Macron has said: ‘there are no more red lines, there are no more borders’ when it comes to supporting Ukraine (Le Monde). This means that Russia no longer has red lines for France,” Medvedev wrote.

The Kremlin official then added: “In hostem omina licita,” a Latin phrase that roughly translates as “everything is legal when it is done to an enemy.”

Newsweek He contacted Macron’s office for comment by email on Thursday evening.

Earlier this week, Macron walked back comments he made a week earlier that were widely interpreted to mean he was in favor of sending NATO soldiers to Ukraine to fight Russia.

“Nothing should be ruled out,” the French president said after a meeting of Ukrainian supporters in Paris on February 26. “We will do everything we can to prevent Russia from winning this war.”

His comments received support from some NATO leaders, while the Kremlin issued a statement saying such a move could lead to direct conflict between NATO and Russia.

Speaking to the press on February 27, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the involvement of Western forces in the war would result in the “inevitability” of a direct confrontation.

“In that case it is not about probability, but about inevitability – that is how we assess it,” Peskov said when asked about the likelihood of a direct conflict between NATO and Russia if Western troops are sent to Ukraine, the Kremlin said. -controlled exhaust Tass.

Medvedev, a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is known for his inflammatory statements, often including threats of nuclear war. In January, he went so far as to threaten a nuclear attack on Ukraine if Kiev attacked missile launch sites on Russian territory.

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