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Russia will be asked for ceasefire during Olympics, Macron tells Ukraine interviewer

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Yeah, he’s a good guy. I’m sure he’ll agree to that.

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"Only" Russia?

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Will there be one in Gaza too? I anticipate a lot of Palestinian flags at this year's Olympics. Maybe even a boycott or two.

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so Russia permitted to participate in the coming Olympic ? bad news

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It'll never happen, need to keep politics out of Olympics. Macron's having a bad week, lots of tough empty talk.

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Put the Russians on the refugee team. No Tchaikovsky or anything.

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Russian officials routinely tell Macron, Ukraine conflict just an extension of the Cold War, that never ended in 1991. Fighting's been going inside Ukraine ever since, US led destabilization's been non-stop. Just different stages.

Above being case, why now Olympics pre-condition? Always been question of NATO incursion vs. Neutrality for Ukraine, underlying conflict in Ukraine for 33 years. Olympics in past decades always ignored Ukraine conflict.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 03:27 pm JST

Russian officials routinely tell Macron, Ukraine conflict just an extension of the Cold War, that never ended in 1991. Fighting's been going inside Ukraine ever since, US led destabilization's been non-stop. Just different stages.

Messages from useless Russian diplomats should join Putin's demands in the wastebasket.

Above being case, why now Olympics pre-condition? Always been question of NATO incursion vs. Neutrality for Ukraine, underlying conflict in Ukraine for 33 years. Olympics in past decades always ignored Ukraine conflict.

Because the tanks hadn't rolled on their way to Kyiv before past Olympics.

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When Pres. Clinton refused to consider Pres. Putin request to explore Russian NATO Membership in 2000, key historical turning point, impacting negatively entire world, including Olympics. What missed opportunity for peace, far more important than any Olympic Games.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 03:44 pm JST

When Pres. Clinton refused to consider Pres. Putin request to explore Russian NATO Membership in 2000, key historical turning point, impacting negatively entire world, including Olympics. What missed opportunity for peace, far more important than any Olympic Games.

Putin wanted to get in while meeting no conditions or waiting behind any other country. The headline should have been that he wasn't outright refused. This was after the supposedly disastrous intervention in Yugoslavia, too.

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Russia needs a ceasefire to regroup. This could be a golden chance, but they would probably be afraid of losing face, so might not take it. Likely they'll just take the easy option of saying they don't recognize France, the West, the Olympic committee, etc.

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Believe what we may about Putin and his intention to join try and NATO. Fact that initial discussions were refused, true shame impacting us all now. Certainly, any initial discussions would not have included conditions.

Term that's used is 'exploratory', though sadly it never happened. Bill Clinton has great regret I suspect, and the world today regrets it far more, including the Olympics!

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Macron does comedy now?

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English is tricky, sorry, plus I type too fast!

Believe what we may about Putin and his intention to try and join NATO. Fact that initial discussions were refused, true shame impacting us all now. Certainly, any initial discussions would not have included conditions.

Term that's used is 'exploratory', though sadly it never happened. Bill Clinton has great regret I suspect, and the world today regrets it far more, including the Olympics!

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Macron does comedy now?

No idea. But for sure He makes friends with a clown, at least:)

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Suspending the war during the Olympic Games makes sense if the principle of "sport outside politics" is respected. But now any sport is done through a political obstacle course. You are ruining not only Russian sports, but also your own. Even if Russia completely concedes in this war, you will come up with a new humiliation. No concessions

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Ban Russia from the games.

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So they want to ban countries that are badly behaved world citizens that kill indiscriminately. Wouldn't Israel top that list.

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KukuToday 04:50 pm JST

Suspending the war during the Olympic Games makes sense if the principle of "sport outside politics" is respected. But now any sport is done through a political obstacle course. You are ruining not only Russian sports, but also your own. Even if Russia completely concedes in this war, you will come up with a new humiliation. No concessions

With that kind of attitude, Russia should be banned indefinitely. Children will just assume the refugee team has some amazing athletes.

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"So they want to ban countries that are badly behaved world citizens that kill indiscriminately. Wouldn't Israel top that list."

No, that honor belongs to the U.S.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 04:24 pm JST

Believe what we may about Putin and his intention to join try and NATO.

Yes, believe the facts.

Fact that initial discussions were refused, true shame impacting us all now. Certainly, any initial discussions would not have included conditions.

But the final acceptance would include mega conditions, including that Russia be a democracy, which hasn't been true in 20 years.

Term that's used is 'exploratory', though sadly it never happened. Bill Clinton has great regret I suspect, and the world today regrets it far more, including the Olympics!

I'm sure Bill Clinton knows that Russians are always seeking power above all else and the attempt to barge into NATO was no different.

English is tricky, sorry, plus I type too fast!

Solution is to stop spamming.

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Hello Kitty 321Today 05:34 pm JST

"So they want to ban countries that are badly behaved world citizens that kill indiscriminately. Wouldn't Israel top that list."

No, that honor belongs to the U.S.

Zero illegal wars right now, thank you. One fewer than Russia.

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Good reply Hello Kitty I did not know how I could slip the USA into that category as partner in crime without getting pulled. Thanks

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Children will just assume the refugee team has some amazing athletes.

Not only children, but also among adult Russian athletes, there are those who surpass Westerners. But you've found a way to get rid of them. Are you suggesting that Russia should stop its life so that you can calmly disperse? An idiotic idea.

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Ceasefire is a pointless request. Russia won't cease invading, so Ukraine can't cease defending.

Just ban their state-sponsored cheating dope-fiend athletes. Sport is always better as a whole without Russians involved.

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Hello Kitty 321 Today 05:34 pm JST

"So they want to ban countries that are badly behaved world citizens that kill indiscriminately. Wouldn't Israel top that list."

No, that honor belongs to the U.S.

Or whoever is controlling the U.S.

From the inside as well as outside.

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Alot of ridiculous comments here including Macron

The Russian athletes don't have anything to do with the war.

War isn't an athletic event

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Ceasefire is a pointless request.

No it isn't !

Any progress made in less fighting is most certainly a step in the right direction.

Continuing to fire is pointless !

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Continuing to fire is pointless !

Tell that to the Soviets invading Ukraine.

The Russian athletes don't have anything to do with the war.

Their decades long state sponsored doping does though

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Macron is a Gaullist, a crassly egocentric politician

Cannot simply pretend calling the Russian war in Ukraine to hold fire, so considering/equating this ghastly monetary extravagance, supposedly a sports festival. The Olympic Games, three values of Olympism, excellence, respect and friendship so cynically auctioned sold off decades ago.

Macron timing, only days ago he was calling for an empty boots policy, EU troops on the ground, on Ukraine soil none the less.

Macrons eye watering arrogance on full display mode, never seemed to occur to Macron the shuddering irony, the over bearing haughty grandstanding, his first person perspective.

However Macron did manage to blurt out, chest pumping....

"It will be requested," Macron says in French before a voiceover interpretation gives his response in Ukrainian as "Yes, we will ask for it."

Is it any wonder Putin put Macron at the end of the longest table he could find in Moscow?

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