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Macron and Zelenskyy to sign security agreement on February 16

Macron and Zelenskyy to sign security agreement on February 16 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of France Emmanuel Macron (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Maria Kholina

French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy are set to sign a security pact between their two nations. The signing ceremony is slated for Friday, February 16, at the Élysée Palace, according to the French presidency.

"This agreement follows the commitments that were made in G7 format on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Vilnius in July 2023," said the Élysée Palace.

Ukraine-France relations

In early July 2023, G7 nations endorsed a declaration pledging security guarantees to Ukraine. Over 30 countries, including France, have already joined this commitment.

The United Kingdom became the first country to sign a pact with Ukraine, with France following suit. On January 17, French President Emmanuel Macron announced Paris's intention to sign a security agreement with Ukraine, echoing London's move.

At that time, the French President also announced plans for an official visit to Ukraine in February.

Additionally, in January of this year, French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu announced the production and transfer of over 70 Caesar artillery systems to Ukraine.

Zelenskyy's european tour

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy will visit Germany and France on February 16 and 17, with intents to meet with Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President Emmanuel Macron.