Joint Declaration Ukraine-France

by Meifan Honcharuk
Monday, May 15, 2023
Joint Declaration Ukraine-France

On May 14, the presidents issued a joint statement on Ukraine's participation in the creation of a new European community and reality

During the visit of Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Paris and the meeting with Emanuel Macron in the Elysee palace, the presidents made a joint statement, the full text of which was later published on the official website of the president of Ukraine.

The presidents, each of whom speaks for his people, declare that Russia must immediately withdraw its troops from Ukraine, respecting its internationally recognised borders. Russia is obliged to demilitarise the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, as the presence of military equipment and an attack against the plant is a direct and severe threat to the nuclear security of Europe.

"France remains unwavering in its commitment to Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. France commends the determination and courage of the Ukrainian people and armed forces and acknowledges their significant contribution to the security of the European continent and beyond."

France will continue to provide Ukraine with its political, financial, humanitarian and military aid directly and through the platforms of the EU, NATO, and the UN. The state also aims to continue transferring military equipment to Ukraine to implement just acts of protection of the territories and the people, to continue training the Ukrainian military and the investigation of Russian war crimes against Ukrainians.

"France supports Ukraine's initiative for a just and sustainable peace based on Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

France supports the Peace Formula and has already started implementing the tools Zelenskyy and his team developed. In addition, France will lobby for the Formula's provisions at the Global Peace Summit.

"Ukraine and France are determined to fight against impunity, and underline their firm commitment to bringing to justice those responsible for war crimes and other atrocity crimes committed in connection with Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine."

France is part of the Core Group on achieving accountability for the crime of aggression against Ukraine, supports the creation of the tribunal, which prosecutes genocide, war crimes, and other Russian atrocities against Ukraine. France supports and encourages the development of the Hague International Center for Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression against Ukraine.

France supports strengthening sanctions to stop Russian aggression and counter the circumvention of sanctions by third countries. Together with Ukraine, France is developing an international register of damage, which records the losses that the Russian war brought to Ukraine. The register will be presented at the Reykjavik summit of the Council of Europe at the end of May. Russia will be obliged to compensate Ukraine for all losses through reparations and through the transfer to Ukraine of Russian assets frozen in third countries

France and other partner states will help to rebuild Ukraine after our victory, and today they stand guard over world food security by supporting the Ukrainian initiative Grain from Ukraine.

"Furthermore, Ukraine has a key role to play within the newly founded European Political Community and will work towards the success of the Chisinau summit, together with France and Moldova."

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