France supports Ukraine’s EU accession talks, Macron announces

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French President Emmanuel Macron

8th June 2024 – (Paris) French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his country’s backing for Ukraine’s accession to the European Union, urging the “effective launch” of negotiations by the end of this month. Macron made the announcement during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the presidential palace, as reported by French media outlet BFMTV.

In addition to supporting Ukraine’s EU aspirations, Macron pledged that France would soon assemble a coalition of countries to provide military instructors to Ukraine. This commitment reinforces France’s commitment to assisting Ukraine in strengthening its defence capabilities.

Simultaneously, U.S. President Joe Biden announced a substantial increase in aid to Ukraine during a meeting with President Zelensky in Paris. The United States will provide an additional $225 million in assistance, further solidifying the international support for Ukraine’s security and development.

Prior to these diplomatic engagements, President Macron led a commemorative ceremony at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, to honour the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings—an event that played a pivotal role in the defeat of Nazi forces during World War II. The ceremony served as a reminder of the historic alliance between France and its international partners in upholding peace and freedom.