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The West must get real and seize chance for Ukraine settlement

World needs peace and Kyiv cannot overcome Russia

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, right, with U.S. counterpart Joe Biden at the G7 Hiroshima summit: The West has leaned excessively toward values. (Handout via Reuters)

Masahiro Matsumura is professor of international politics and national security at the faculty of law of St. Andrew's University in Osaka.

French President Emmanuel Macron's comments while meeting Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing in April about the need for a European foreign policy independent of the U.S. and the importance of seeking a political settlement of the war in Ukraine in coordination with China have drawn significant criticism.

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