‘It won’t be fruitful!’ Boris slaps down Macron’s Putin talks – but Scholz hits back

Boris Johnson 'skeptical' of nations 'negotiating' with Putin

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Boris Johnson has a frank assessment of Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to talk Vladimir Putin into giving up the invasion of Ukraine. The Prime Minister was asked to comment on criticisms of the French President’s dialogue with Putin while hosting a Number 10 press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. 

Mr Johnson told the Number 10 press conference: I’ve got to say I think that negotiating with Putin does not seem to me to be full of promise, and I don’t feel that he can be the time that he can be trusted.

“That’s not to say I don’t admire the efforts of people who try to find a way through.

“But my own view is that I am deeply, deeply sceptical and I’m afraid cynical now about his assurances.”

Mr Scholz added: “The criticism voiced with regards to the French president is unjustified.

“But clearly he was very committed and in his, in his talks to the Ukrainian president, but also in his talks with the Russian president.

“He tries to make his contribution to actually that we have the opportunity to achieve a ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian troops.

“I know that they are well because I am in close contact with a French president, just like with President Biden and Boris and many others.

“It is very important that we have a clear stance. Only the Ukrainians will negotiate about their country about Ukraine. There’s no one who talks to Putin, who would like to replace Ukraine.”

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