French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to give his “full support” to Ukraine’s peace proposals during a conversation with the nation’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday.
The pair spoke ahead of two conferences to be held in Paris on Tuesday to discuss supporting Ukraine through the winter. The first will be an international meeting of the G7 while the second will be a support conference during which 500 French companies will meet to talk about the critical needs of Ukraine, to contribute to the reconstruction of the country and invest in the long term in the potential of the Ukrainian economy.
Following his telephone call, Mr Macron said: “With President Zelensky, we have prepared the conferences that France is hosting on Tuesday: the first, international, to meet Ukraine’s needs to get through the winter, and the second with French companies involved in the reconstruction of the country.”
Mr Zelensky added: “We synchronized our positions before a virtual G7 summit and support conference in Paris. We discussed the implementation of our 10-point peace plan, defense cooperation and energy stability.”
Mr. Zelensky is expected to speak by video at Tuesday’s conference “for the resilience and reconstruction of Ukraine”.
According to the Elysée, “heads of state, heads of government, ministers” from 47 countries will participate, as well as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
At the beginning of the month, Mr Macron said he would speak “soon” with Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding security around “civil nuclear power in Ukraine”.
The Russian leader last week then said an agreement would be necessary “in the end” to find peace in Ukraine.