(MENAFN) An appeal by France for discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "mistake," on the words of a senior Polish official on Tuesday.
"Today, we firmly say that Macron is making a mistake by saying what he says," Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz updated Polish RMF FM radio when he got a question on the recent claims by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Macron went on to declare on Saturday that the West should see how to reply to Russia's stated necessity for security assurances if Putin agrees to talks to end the conflict with Ukraine. In an interview with CBS News, Macron stated a policy of isolation was the worst solution, mainly against a leader such as Putin.
"From whom would Russia receive a guarantee of security, according to the French president? If anyone needs security guarantees, Ukraine needs them and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe need them against the Russian threat," on the words of Przydacz.
"We believe that it is through a policy of isolation that the desired goals can be achieved. And we are critical of all these phone calls and attempts at talks, because it only strengthens Putin, who believes that, 'If they call me, it means that they are weakening," Przydacz added.
"Vladimir Putin has a mental structure that makes any attempts to contact him, to appease him, strengthen him internally. He thinks that's how the West shows weakness. So, the more there are of these calls, the stronger Putin feels internally," he further noted.
"This (Macron's) is a statement that will be difficult for anyone to understand in this region."
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