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Macron postpones visit to Ukraine for security reasons - Media

Macron postpones visit to Ukraine for security reasons - Media French President Emmanuel Macron (Photo: Getty Images)

French President Emmanuel Macron has postponed his visit to Ukraine. The trip was scheduled for February 13-14, according to Challenges.

The Élysée Palace states that Macron's visit has been postponed due to security considerations. As reported, this decision has raised many questions among French and Ukrainian diplomats.

The French-Ukrainian business association, Medef International, has also canceled its visit to Ukraine.

Challenges notes that Macron was initially supposed to visit Odesa and then travel to Kyiv. The French President was also expected to announce the establishment of a fund worth €200 million, which would be disbursed as donations for civilian projects.

Additionally, it was anticipated that Macron would officially announce the French Development Agency (AFD) as the coordinator of French assistance to Ukraine.

France's stance on the war

French President Emmanuel Macron visited Ukraine in the summer of 2022. At that time, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and former Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi accompanied him to Kyiv.

France supports Ukraine in the ongoing war initiated by Russia, providing military, financial, and humanitarian aid. Macron previously stated that Paris plans to sign a security agreement with Ukraine, similar to the UK has.

Furthermore, Macron himself announced his intention to visit Ukraine in February. The signing of a bilateral security guarantee agreement between the countries was planned during the visit.