French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Thursday night, said that their military assistance to Kyiv would continue.
Macron said that with Scholz they want to jointly express “solidarity and support for Ukraine and testify to the trust that unites them with this country.” He added that “it is necessary that we continue, adapt, adapt the necessary military support.”
“While we have begun new deliveries of defense equipment in recent weeks, we will continue our efforts and we will discuss Ukraine’s operational needs together tonight. We will always act in full coordination with our partners and allies.” the French president promised.
Scholz recalled the military support of Ukraine by Germany and its partners. He noted heavy artillery, air defense and the recent decision to supply tanks.
“And we will do the same in the future for as long as necessary,” – said the German Chancellor.
On Thursday, Zelensky is expected in Brussels, where the EU summit will open, the first point of which is the situation in Ukraine. The European Council evaded official confirmation of this visit, but Zelensky himself announced it on Wednesday evening. Among other aspects, military assistance to Kyiv will be discussed. Including, as a high-ranking EU official told reporters, the heads of state and government of the EU countries will exchange views on Zelensky’s request for the supply of Western fighter jets to the Ukrainian Air Force.