It is not only in France that some fear the election of Marine Le Pen. While Emmanuel Macron has played an important role as mediator with Vladimir Putin since the start of the war, the Ukrainian president fears losing his ally at the Elysée. And to see a Marine Le Pen land there, considered by kyiv as too close to the Kremlin. In January 2017, the RN candidate was even banned from staying in Ukraine after defending the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014.
During the 2017 presidential election, the far-right candidate was received by Vladimir Putin, and his party continues to repay a loan of 9 million euros to a creditor linked to former Russian soldiers. Marine Le Pen condemned Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, but she again pleaded last Wednesday for a ” strategic rapprochement between NATO and Russia after the war is over.
“If the candidate understands that she was wrong, (…) our relationship could change”, declared on BFMTV the Ukrainian president in a remote interview from kyiv. But, added the Ukrainian head of state, “I am not convinced that I have the right, today, to influence what is happening in your country”. “I want to say that obviously I have relations with Emmanuel Macron and I would not like to lose them,” admitted Volodymyr Zelensky.