France Intends to Increase Weapon Production in Ukraine, Says Ambassador

by Roman Cheplyk
Wednesday, January 3, 2024
France Intends to Increase Weapon Production in Ukraine, Says Ambassador

The French Ambassador, Gael Veissier, in an interview with Franceinfo, revealed France’s intentions to enhance weapon production directly in Ukraine, moving beyond merely providing military aid through donations or purchases

Veissier explained that the nature of French support to Ukraine is set to evolve, focusing on the local production of weapons. This transition from the current strategy of donations and purchases is anticipated to take some time but is firmly supported at the political level. He emphasized that this approach is particularly endorsed by French Foreign Affairs Minister Catherine Colonna, who has shown her commitment through regular visits to Ukraine, having already made five trips to the country.

Responding to inquiries about a potential visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, the ambassador disclosed that preparations are underway for Colonna's sixth visit to Ukraine in the near future. While specific dates are yet to be confirmed, Veissier assured that the visit would occur soon, underscoring France's ongoing commitment to solidarity and support for Ukraine. Additionally, other high-level visits are being planned to further demonstrate France's close relationship and solidarity with Ukraine.

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