Macron pledges more security assistance to Ukraine

1 November 2022, 10:18 PM
Emmanuel Macron (Photo:REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/File Photo)

Emmanuel Macron (Photo:REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/File Photo)

In a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, French President Emmanuel Macron made a commitment to help Ukraine bolster and expand its air defenses, Macron’s office said in a message on its website on Nov. 1.

According to the report, Zelenskyy updated his French counterpart on the progress of Ukraine’s ongoing counteroffensive in eastern and southern regions of the country. Macron reiterated “France’s total mobilization towards expedited increases of security assistance to Ukraine, in particular – anti-air defense systems.”

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The French president also promised to aid Ukraine in dealing with the coming winter season, “as Russian strikes have significantly disrupted Ukraine’s power and water supply.” An international conference on coordinating foreign support of Ukraine’s infrastructure is scheduled to take place in Paris, France, on Dec. 13.

Furthermore, Macron condemned Moscow “suspending” its participation in the Black Sea grain deal, saying the step jeopardizes global food security.

Zelenskyy said in a Twitter post that his conversation with Macron was “exceedingly important and productive,” covering a set of “concrete solutions” to Ukraine’s security and energy concerns.

On Oct. 7, Macron announced a $100 million fund to cover purchases of military equipment on Ukraine’s behalf.

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