Ukraine is tired of “special solutions” and separate models for joining the European Union, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said on Monday.
“We need a “A clear legal confirmation that Ukraine is part of the European integration plan and such a confirmation would be the granting of candidate status,” he said after a meeting with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna in Kyiv.
For her part, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna referred to Ukraine's “legitimate request” to join the European Union (EU), saying that France, which holds the EU Council presidency, “is in favor of a rapprochement with the Ukraine and at a rapid pace “and for the opening of” roads of solidarity and cooperation “.
In early May, Macron proposed Kiev's membership in a “European political community” amid discussions about launching Ukraine's accession process, saying it would take “decades” for the country to join the EU. Zelensky then replied on May 21 that there was no “alternative” to Ukraine's EU bid.
Kolonna He also said that Paris would “continue and strengthen” arms deliveries to Ukraine.
French President Emmanuel Macron “announced his decision to (Ukrainian) President Volodymyr Zelensky to continue and even strengthen military support” to Ukraine, French Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Koulem.
“This support will continue”, the Minister stressed, referring specifically to the “delivery of weapons”.
Macron had already announced in late April the deployment of military equipment to Kyiv, in particular 40-kilometer Caesar cannons.
Kuleba, thanking Kolona. “But these are not the only weapons coming from France and we are grateful for every weapon.”
Colonna said other military equipment deliveries could be made in the “coming weeks”, estimated at $ 2 billion in total aid from France, both militarily and humanitarianly.
“France is not at war with Russia more than its allies, but our commitment is strong to provide Ukraine with defense equipment”, the Minister added.
The aim is to” make the price of continued aggression unbearable for Russia “, which launched the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
On Sunday, In an interview with French television channel TF1, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused France of “actively equipping Ukraine, including with offensive weapons”, despite the “good relationship of trust between Macron”. and President Vladimir Putin. “
” The talks between the President of the Republic and Vladimir Putin are direct and honest, “Kolona said.