Macron says calling Russian actions in Ukraine 'genocide' would be verbal escalation

Emmanuel Macron, French President

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# 14 April 2022 16:25 (UTC +04:00)

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that using the word “genocide” with regard to Russia’s action in Ukraine would amount to a verbal escalation that would complicate his efforts to bring peace to Ukraine, APA reports citing France 24.

“Words have a meaning and it is necessary to be careful because my role is to help bring peace or at least to stop this war,” Macron said in an interview with France Bleu radio, adding that he wanted to avoid verbal escalation.

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