In the course of the pre-election debate with Marine Le Pen, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron stated the need for de-escalation of the conflict in the Donbas.
"I will not obey the dictates of Putin, and this is my difference from Le Pen," International Radio France RFI quoted Macron.
He also called for negotiations with the Russian Federation regarding the issues of war in the Donbas and Syria.
Earlier, April 23, the presidential election started in France. Following the results of the first round, the ex-Minister of Economy Emmanuel Macron and the Head of the right-wing National Front party Marine Le Pen will compete in the second round for the highest state post.