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French President Emmanuel Macron believes that negotiations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine are still "possible."

In an interview with ABC News, speaking about his vision of a "successful peace" in Ukraine, Macron said that such a peace must be "sustainable" and supported by Ukrainians.

"A good peace is not a peace which will be imposed to the Ukrainians by others, No. 1," Macron said, adding, "A good peace is not a peace which will not be accepted on the mid-to-long run by one of the two parties."

"I think President Putin made a huge mistake by launching this war,” Macron said, referring to the Minsk agreements reached between Ukraine and Russia after 2014.

"There was a political and diplomatic process with involvement of the international community. And he decided on his own, based on a fake narrative, saying NATO will use Ukraine to attack Russia, which is totally wrong,” Macron said, adding that he nevertheless hoped Putin would be "rational" in negotiating an end to the war. “[Putin] is in charge and he's been in charge for quite a long time … He knows his people. I think he made mistake,” Macron said. “Is it impossible to come back [to] the table and negotiate something? I think it's still possible."

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