Macron postpones his planned trip to Ukraine on Feb 13-14 for security reasons – media
French President Emmanuel Macron will not arrive in Ukraine on February 13-14, as previously planned, according to the website of the French business publication Challenges on Sunday.
"The Elysee Palace justifies this postponement, in particular, by security concerns. This raises many questions, both from French civil servants and leaders, and from Ukrainian diplomats," the ezine says.
The France-Ukraine Business Council of Medef International, which organized an "exceptional mission" to Kyiv, also canceled the trip.
"Everything was well prepared. Before heading to Kyiv, Emmanuel Macron was supposed to visit Odesa, a symbolic visit to this city, partially built by the French. And an important economic component related to the reconstruction of the country was in the program with the announcement of the creation of a fund of EUR 200 million, paid in the form of donations for civil projects carried out by French small and medium-sized enterprises. The head of the French state also had to formalize the arrival of the French Development Agency (AFD) as the coordinator of French assistance to Ukraine," the message says.
As reported, on February 10, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, during which the parties discussed the current situation on the battlefield and Ukraine's defense needs. In particular, they talked about drones, artillery systems and shells, electronic warfare and air defense systems. In addition, the parties discussed the preparation of a bilateral document on security guarantees within the framework of the Vilnius G7 Declaration.