The mystery of the table between Macron and Putin explained

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We know why the table was so long between Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Poutine during their meeting in Moscow! The Kremlin revealed that it should not be seen as “political considerations”, some observers having interpreted this 5.50 m table as a sign of coldness from the Russian president. In reality, Emmanuel Macron had refused to comply with a Covid-19 test requested by the local authorities.

“Some follow their own rules (…) But in this case, a health protocol is applied to protect the health of our president and that of his host,” said Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman. Conditions “neither acceptable nor compatible with the constraints of the agenda which were ours” according to the Elysée, which therefore “chosen the other option proposed by the Russian protocol”. If the Reuters agency suggested that the entourage of Emmanuel Macron “could not let the Russians recover the DNA of the president”, the Elysée has formally denied this version.

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“The level of our collaboration is almost at zero and will soon pass the zero mark and become negative. »

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was coming out of a meeting with his British counterpart Ben Wallace when he released this “bombinette” to the Russian press agencies. He also called on the West to stop “feeding” arms into Ukraine, of which the United Kingdom is a major supplier. Atmosphere…

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The number of the day

400. This is the number of Russian soldiers who took part this Friday in a “tactical exercise” in the southern region of Rostov, bordering Ukraine, according to a press release from the Russian army. At least 70 vehicles including tanks and drones were also involved in these maneuvers, where soldiers trained for “combat missions”.

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“We are in a period where an invasion could begin at any time, and to be clear, this includes the Olympics,” according to US Secretary of State Anthoy Blinken. The United States, which believes it sees “very disturbing signs of a Russian escalation”, has also asked American citizens to leave Ukraine.

To avoid creating panic, Kiev immediately downplayed this call, saying that there is “nothing new in this statement”. But Russian-British relations are at their worst, and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov believes that Thursday’s Normandy-format talks between Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany yielded “no results “. This is enough to leave Jens Soltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, “a real risk of a new armed conflict” to fear. To prepare for such an eventuality, Western leaders spoke by telephone at 4 p.m.

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