Macron tells Zelensky of 'extreme concern' and pledges more military aid

Macron tells Zelensky of 'extreme concern' and pledges more military aid
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands after a press conference in Kyiv, on June 16, 2022. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP)

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "extreme concern" about Russian strikes on Ukraine on Monday, during a call with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky and promised that France would increase military aid.


"The president spoke of his extreme concern about strikes that have caused civilian victims," Macron's office said in a statement.

"He reaffirmed his full and complete support for President Zelensky and the commitment of France to increase its support for Ukraine, in line with the needs expressed by Kyiv, including in terms of military equipment."


France has faced repeated criticism over its lower level of military support to Ukraine compared with allies.

According to an August ranking by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, France's €233 million of military aid place it 11th in the world, well behind the United States (€25 billion), Britain (€4 billion) and Poland (€1.8 billion).

But officials and experts say capacity rather than political will is at the root of the differences, and French contributions to European Union funds for Ukraine should be included in the overall figure for its aid.

Paris has sent 18 of its highly prized truck-mounted Caesar cannons to Ukraine and is planning to deliver more of the artillery pieces.


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