France President Emmanuel Macron has declared that the war between Russia and Ukraine, which began in Europe on Thursday, “will last.”
Russia Ukraine Crisis: ‘This conflict will persist,’ proclaims President Macron as France seizes a Russian ship
Macron cautioned the world to brace itself for a protracted war between Russia and Ukraine, saying, “I can guarantee you one thing this morning – this war will persist,” he told France’s annual agriculture fair, one of the country’s great political occasions.
“This crisis, this conflict, and all the crises that come with it will have long-term implications,” Macron added.
Meanwhile, French sea police have seized a ship that officials suspect belongs to a Russian corporation that has been sanctioned by the European Union in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, according to Aljazeera.
The “Baltic Leader,” a cargo ship, was sailing from Rouen, Normandy, to Saint Petersburg, Russia, according to Magnin.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, it was intercepted in the English Channel and routed to the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer in Northern France, according to Magnin.
Customs officers were doing regular checks, she said, and the ship’s crew was “compliant.”
According to Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency, the Russian embassy in France is demanding an explanation from authorities on the seizure.
Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday afternoon in an attempt to destabilize the country, according to President Vladimir Putin.