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For Europe, Macron's diplomacy offers hope but sceptics abound

Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a joint press conference in Moscow, on Feb 7, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LONDON - Governments in Europe are expressing hope that a diplomatic initiative launched by French President Emmanuel Macron may avert a Russian military intervention against Ukraine, and a broader security showdown on their continent.

Yet there is also a great deal of scepticism, particularly among Central and Eastern European governments, about what Mr Macron may have promised Russian President Vladimir Putin in exchange for a possible reduction in tensions.

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