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Zelenskyy to Hold Talks with Macron, Scholz in Paris

Wed 08 Feb 2023 | 08:49 PM
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is heading to Paris on Wednesday evening for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the Elysée Palace announced.

Zelenskyy’s visit to Paris follows a trip to the UK, during which he met British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and King Charles III. The Ukrainian leader addressed the UK parliament.

He is expected in Brussels on Thursday.

Paris talks will focus on Ukraine’s long-term military plans and its weaponry needs, according to a French diplomat familiar with the preparations.

“Macron and Zelenskyy often speak on the phone so there are no new topics to discuss. But it’s different when you meet in person, you can talk about issues in more detail,” said the diplomat.

Through its European tour, Zelenskyy aims to urge allies for more weapons and braces for a possible Russian offensive on the anniversary of the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion later this month.

In recent days, France has given 12 Caesar cannons to Ukraine and has said sending fighter jets to Ukraine was not off-limits, feeding a debate over whether sending warplanes to Ukraine would be the next step for Western allies.