Le Pen: Ukraine is not advancing peace, French arms impeding talks
French far-right leader has weighed in on the war in Ukraine, stressing that works towards peace are not in effect.
Right-wing French politician Marine Le Pen suggested that Ukraine's victories on the battlefield were not advancing peace, warning that French arms deliveries could impede peace and negotiations with Russia.
"One should be very naive to think that Ukrainian victories can put an end to the war… I believe that this war must end and I think — the president said it too several weeks ago — that diplomacy is the solution, not military force," she told France Inter radio.
She noted that the war in Ukraine could last for "an extremely long time" unless France stops supplying increasingly heavy weapons to Ukrainian troops.
"I believe that the weapons we deliver to Ukraine are prolonging the war and my fear is that, since we are supplying weapons, we are no longer really looking for a negotiated solution," she continued.
In mid-September, Le Pen said that the centrist government made a "geopolitical mistake" when it backed the European Union’s ill-conceived sanctions against Russia.
Le Pen, who finished second in France's recent presidential race, indicated that the government was "swept along by the European Union crazed by the war in Ukraine into adopting inappropriate and thoughtless sanctions."
She said Germany, the main beneficiary of Gazprom’s Nord Stream gas pipelines and a vocal advocate of the green transition, was the one responsible for the EU’s dependence on Russian energy imports.
"If anyone is responsible for our dependence on Russia, it is the idiots and the naive who bet on wind and solar power," Le Pen told a party meeting in Agde in southern France.