19 Aug 2019 20:03

Macron gives France special role in creation of 'new security architecture ' between EU, Russia

FORT DE BREGANCON. Aug 19 (Interfax) - France will play a role in the establishment of a new architecture of security between Russia and the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron said.

"I believe that we will be able to create together a new architecture of security between the European Union and Russia. France is ready to play a role in this process," Macron told journalists prior to his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He said he was referring to both disarmament and other issues.

"I believe we will be able to work on security of our continent together," Macron said.

Russia and Western countries have "certain disagreements," he said. "But I also know that Russia is a European country. I believe in that. I believe in Europe extending from Lisbon to Vladivostok," Macron said.

Putin, in turn, said that "what seems impossible today may become inevitable tomorrow." "We proceed from that and if we set such goals before us, - and they are very important for both Russia and Europe, if it wants to preserve its role of the center of the civilization, - then we will approach the resolution of this issue in one form or another, it doesn't matter, sooner or later, someday," the Russian president said.

"It is important to choose the path and move in the right direction slowly, in proportion to the current conditions," he said.