Macron discusses preparations for the Ukraine support conference with Zelensky

French President Emmanuel Macron discussed preparations for a new conference in support of Ukraine in Paris on Tuesday with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on the phone, the two presidents said.

And the French president wrote on Twitter: “With President Zelensky, we have prepared the two conferences that France will host on Tuesday: the first is international to meet the needs of Ukraine during the winter, and the second is with French companies engaged in the reconstruction of the country.”

For his part, the Ukrainian president said in a tweet: “We coordinated our positions before a virtual summit with the G7 and a support conference in Paris. We discussed the implementation of our plan pacewhich includes 10 points, cooperation in the field of defense and stability of the energy sector”.

Zelensky will give a video speech at Tuesday’s conference “For the resilience and reconstruction of Ukraine”, while Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal will be present.

The Elysium reported that the conference will be attended by “the heads of state and government and ministers” of 47 countries, in addition to the secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.

The conference comes after Macron’s statements in early December, in which he stressed that Russia should be given “guarantees” to find a good balance once the war is over in Ukraine.

Eastern European Ukrainian figures and officials have expressed their dissatisfaction and even their outspoken opposition to these statements, but the French presidency has denied any tensions with other parties.

And Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed on Friday that “eventually it will be necessary to reach an agreement” to end the conflict in Ukraine, expressing doubts about the “trust” that Moscow can place in its interlocutors.

And in mid-November Zelensky proposed a plan pace in 10 points, from territorial integrity to the fate of prisoners, to food security in Ukraine.

Macron announced in early December that he would speak “soon” with Putin, in particular on security issues related to “civil nuclear power” in Ukraine.

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