Macron warns against "self-fulfilling" prophecies on Ukraine-Russia risks

French President Emmanuel Macron waves after a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (not seen) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, December 10, 2021. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

PARIS, Dec 10 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Friday about the risk of self-fulfilling prophecies, following a U.S. intelligence assessment that Russia could be planning a multi-front offensive on Ukraine as early as next year.

"I think that our primary objective is to avoid any unnecessary tension, what I will call self-fulfilling news," Macron said, when asked about that assessment.

"What we all want, Europeans and Americans, is to show that we are paying close attention to the situation," he told a joint news conference with Germany's new Chancellor Olaf Scholz. read more

Macron said he had spoken to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy earlier on Friday and that they would discuss new initiatives to unlock peace talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine when they meet next week.

"We will launch further activities to make sure that Ukraine has a good perspective," said Scholz, who was making his first official visit as chancellor.

"We have a good basis that needs to be revived - for example the talks in the Normandy format," he added, referring to discussions between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine meant to help solving the crisis.

Reporting by Michel Rose, Tassilo Hummel, Sabine Siebold; Writing by Ingrid Melander and Richard Lough; Editing by Catherine Evans

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