France will help Ukraine whatever the cost. After a new exchange between the French and Ukrainian presidents, Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelensky, the Elysée said on Tuesday in a press release that France is determined "to respond to all requests for support expressed by Ukraine, in particular in material defence, fuel, humanitarian aid, economic and financial support".
Deliveries of arms and humanitarian equipment "will gain in intensity" in the coming days and weeks, indicates the Presidency of the Republic. Last weekend, continues the Elysée in the press release, 13 new emergency vehicles were delivered to Ukraine, "bringing to more than 800 tons the humanitarian aid sent since February 24". On Twitter, Volodymyr Zelensky says he also addressed the issue of Ukraine's fuel supply.
Finished a long and meaningful phone conversation with @EmmanuelMacron. Told about the course of hostilities, the operation to rescue the military from Azovstal and the vision of the prospects of the negotiation process. Raised the issue of fuel supply to Ukraine. (1/2)— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) May 17, 2022
Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelensky also discussed global food security during their exchange. Despite the war in Ukraine, it is planned to set up grain exports of which the country is one of the main producers.
The French president, also at the head of the presidency of the European Union, confirmed to the Ukrainian president that Ukraine's application for membership of the European Union would be studied during the June European Council on the basis of the opinion delivered by the European Commission.
"We must not look for a way out for Russia, and Macron is doing it in vain", regretted the Ukrainian president on Friday in an interview with the Italian channel RAI 1. "I know that he wanted to obtain results in the mediation between Russia and Ukraine, but he did not have any, "he said, referring to the many exchanges of the French president with his Russian counterpart and himself just before the start of the invasion. Russian in Ukraine but also since.