Macron informs Zelenskyy that French armament deliveries to Ukraine will increase.


Macron tells Zelenskyy: French arms deliveries to Ukraine will intensify

On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron assured his Ukrainian colleague that French weaponry transfers to Ukraine will increase in the coming days, and that France was prepared to react to any new requests for assistance, according to the Elysee.

"After speaking by phone with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, [Macron] reaffirmed that weaponry supplies from France will continue and intensify in the days and weeks ahead," the Elysee presidential office said in a statement.

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in late February, France has sent 800 tons of humanitarian goods and provided 13 cars for emergency services.

Both presidents discussed security assurances that France might give for Ukraine as part of an international settlement that respected Ukraine's territorial integrity, according to the Elysee statement.

The two leaders also discussed methods to allow Ukraine to resume grain exports, which are "critical to a significant section of the world."

Macron also stated that Ukraine's European Union application, which was filed just a few weeks ago, will be reviewed by EU members at a meeting in June.

And he repeated an idea he raised last week about creating a new “political community” outside the EU to make it easier to integrate Ukraine.

Zelenskyy has pointed to the speed with which Ukraine submitted its EU application and called for rapid agreement on granting membership - normally a process conducted over several years.

In presenting his proposal last week, Macron dampened hopes for the ex-Soviet state to secure membership quickly, saying the process would take decades.

Russia this week opposed Ukraine’s bid to join the EU, saying it would amount to the same thing as applying for NATO membership.

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