FRANCE’S POLICY TOWARDS UKRAINE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE UKRAINIAN – RUSSIAN WAR
Abstract. The article discusses the influence and the risks from France’s rapprochement with the Russian Federation in the aftermath of Ukrainian – Russian war, what can present a threat to the EU Neighborhood Policy. The ideas and views expressed in the article, present exclusively the point of view of authors, who relied on a wide range of documents and official information from open sources, but they do not necessarily have to coincide with the opinion of other specialists. Currently expressing the desire to get Russia back to the dialogue with the European Union, which throughout the history defined Moscow as one of the main economic partners, France pursues the policy of appeasing the aggressor, neglecting the war in Ukraine. The Russian Federation violated the basics of the international law, having annexed the Crimean Peninsula and having occupied certain areas of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The article underlines that Ukraine is not alone in the long least of Moscow pro-imperial plans and presents a threat to the stability and security of the continent. The analyses, also demonstrates the politics of France towards Ukraine during the last seven years. The article provides a complex evidence that there is a connotation between the Ukrainian – Russian war and the desire of Moscow to establish the instability zone along the borders of the European Union.
Keywords: France, Russia, Ukraine, bilateral relations, conflict resolution.