French President Emmanuel Macron has said he expects the war in Ukraine to drag on.
In statements to reporters today, Saturday, at the opening of the International Exhibition of Agriculture in Paris, Macron said that the war has returned to Europe and will be prolonged.
He warned of the repercussions of the war that Russia started on Thursday on the French economy, especially on the agricultural sector, as the value of French agricultural exports to Russia amount to 780 million euros annually.
Shortly after the start of the Russian attack on Ukraine, Macron had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and called for leaving the door for dialogue with him open.
Later, Macron announced that his country had imposed - like the European Union - sanctions on Russia.
End The Attack and Tighten The Penalties
Meanwhile, European Union High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on Saturday called on the entire international community to unite efforts and help end what he described as Russia's military aggression against Ukraine.
Borrell said that last night's vote in the UN Security Council shows Russia's disregard for its responsibilities and obligations as a permanent member of the council.
He was referring to Moscow's veto of a US draft resolution condemning the Russian attack on Ukraine.
For his part, European Council President Charles Michel said that what he described as Russian violence must stop, adding that the indiscriminate bombing of civilians is a violation of international law.
On the European front, British Armed Forces Minister James Hebei said that the Russians had not achieved their goals from the ongoing attack on Ukraine, and that President Putin and those around him would be concerned, adding that they did not expect hostilities to proceed in this way.
The comments by European officials came as the European Union, the United States, Britain and Canada said on Friday they could exclude Russia from the SWIFT system for global interbank payments, as part of a possible tightening of Russia.