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Zelensky, Macron sign security agreement between Ukraine, France

by Martin Fornusek February 16, 2024 10:01 PM 1 min read
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky prior to a meeting at the Elysee Presidential Palace on Feb. 16, 2024, in Paris, France. (Chesnot/Getty Images)
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Editor's note: The story is being updated.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, signed a bilateral agreement on security cooperation, the two heads of state announced during a press briefing at the Elysee Palace in France on Feb. 16.

This is already the third bilateral security agreement that Kyiv finalized with its partners based on commitments made by G7 countries last July.

Zelensky signed a similar deal with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin earlier on Feb. 16 and with U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in Kyiv in January.

According to Macron, the new agreement concretizes the G7 members' commitments.

"Our support is not only long-term but also collective, as the U.K. and Germany already signed such an agreement," the French head of state said.

"We have signed a very ambitious agreement. It concerns 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) in military aid this year and full support for our EU and NATO aspirations," Zelensky said, thanking Macron for his leadership and support.

Zelensky's office announced already on Feb. 15 that the Ukrainian president is scheduled to visit France and Germany to finalize the agreements.

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