In a televised statement, the president described as an act of war and aggression the incursions ordered by President Vladimir Putin, who presented them as a special military operation, amid the tense scenario attributed by the Kremlin to the U.S.-led offensive to extend NATO’s presence to Russia’s borders through Ukraine.
Macron did not offer details on the sanctions and only anticipated that the response will be “without weakness, cold-blooded and equal to the aggression”.
Prior to his speech, the president promised on Twitter economic, financial and assistance with defensive equipment to Kiev, whose government became the spearhead of Western aggression towards Russia.
Putin pointed out that the special military operation launched today seeks to ensure the security of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in the Donbass region, whose independence Moscow recognized last Monday.
The Russian president also stressed that the action only pursues military objectives, after weeks of demands to Washington and its allies for security guarantees, in particular the cessation of the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Eastern Europe, a claim ignored, despite the talks.