Macron in Character

April 14, 2022

Emmanuel Macron’s refusal to call the war in Ukraine genocide and his statement that the Ukrainian and Russian peoples are “brotherly” caught Kyiv by surprise, to put it mildly.

While supporting Ukraine, both within the EU and at the bilateral level, the French president leaves a “window for dialogue” with Russia.

In recent weeks, he has called Putin nine times, according to some estimates.

This, however, rendered no results.

Mykhailo Pashkov

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes

Born in 1958 in Roslavl, Smolensk oblast, Russia


Smolensk Institute of Pedagogy, Faculty of the Russian Language and Literature (1979)

Moscow Institute of Youth, Faculty of Journalism (1986)

Kyiv Institute of Political Science and Public Administration (1991)

Ph. D. in Philosophy; the author of more than 50 publications

1979 – 1989 — worked at different positions in district, regional and republican newspapers in Russia and Moldova

1991 – 1994 — worked in scientific institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1994 – 1998 — Diplomatic Service at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Russian Federation

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre's Leading Expert

Diplomatic Rank: First Secretary. Most recent position in state structures — Chief Consultant, Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff

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