Strained relationship with Kyiv
Macron wants to expand arms deliveries
May 17, 2022 at 9:29 p.m.
The relationship between Presidents Macron and Zelenskyj is strained. More recently, the Frenchman effectively rejected Ukraine’s EU membership. He also maintained regular contact with the Kremlin boss for a long time. Now he wants to deliver faster and bigger weapons to kyiv.
French President Emmanuel Macron has promised his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy much more military aid. According to the Elysée, he said in a joint telephone conversation that arms deliveries from Paris would “intensify in the days and weeks to come”. At the end of April, Macron promised to supply Ukraine with Milan anti-tank weapons and Caesar howitzers.
Macron also promised Zelenskyy additional humanitarian aid for Ukraine. He also spoke to the President of Ukraine about ways to allow grain exports from Ukraine despite the Russian naval blockade against the country. Macron also assured Zelenskyy that Ukraine’s application for European Union membership would be considered at the EU summit in June.
At the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the French president had been reluctant to supply arms and had regular talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to explore the possibility of a diplomatic solution.
There have been repeated disputes between Macron and the Ukrainian government in recent weeks. Among other things, Selenskyj had accused the French president of being afraid of Putin. Macron angered kyiv last week when he said it could be ‘decades’ before Ukraine’s eventual EU membership – and instead staked a ‘political community’ European”.