French President Emmanuel Macron said he would not come to Kiev in order to “just make a diplomatic visit” or follow the “fashion” set up by other European politicians.
“I am ready to do anything, to go to Kiev or to another Ukrainian city. But, I want it to be useful,” Macron told BFM TV late on Monday.
“I would only do it to trigger something new, a new process, so I want it to be useful,” he stressed, adding that he would not come to Ukraine just to follow the “fashion” of going to Kiev, set up by European leaders. At the same time, he welcomed their visits as it demonstrated “European solidarity” with Ukraine.
Kiev and its northwestern suburb of Bucha have become the hotspots for top European politicians last week after the Ukrainian authorities accused Moscow of mass-killing civilians at the site. The location has been visited by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the top EU diplomat Josep Borrell, as well as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer.