France is unwilling to make concessions to Russia and wants Ukraine to win the war against Moscow's forces with its territorial integrity restored, a French presidential official said on Friday, as Paris seeks to assuage concerns over its stance in the conflict, APA reports citing Reuters.
President Emmanuel Macron has been criticised by Ukraine and eastern European allies after published interviews on Saturday quoting him as saying it was vital not to "humiliate" Russia so that when the fighting ends there could be a diplomatic solution.
"As the president has said, we want a Ukrainian victory. We want Ukraine's territorial integrity to be restored," the official told reporters when asked about Macron's humiliation comments.
"There is no spirit of concession towards Putin or Russia in what the president says, When he speaks to him directly, it is not compromise, but to say how we see things."
The official defended Macron's position repeating that there would have to be a negotiated solution to the war and arguing that the president's comments were not always fully considered. Paris, he said, was a key backer of sanctions and provided strong military support to Ukraine.