France to deliver Caesar howitzers to Ukraine

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The Ukrainian leader added that Kiev is counting on France’s support for Ukraine on its path toward getting to a candidate status for EU membership in June…reports Asian Lite News

Visiting French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna has said that her country will deliver more Caesar howitzers to Ukraine, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.

“There will be new deliveries of Caesar self-propelled artillery systems soon, and we will continue to work together in this context,” Colonna told a joint media briefing with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kiev on Monday.

She said France stands ready to become a mediator in Ukraine’s open dialogue with Russia if a need arises. Besides, the French Minister added that Paris supports granting Ukraine a candidate status to the European Union under a fast-track procedure.

According to media reports, France has already supplied six Caesar howitzers to Ukraine.

Colonna arrived in Ukraine earlier on Monday for a working visit, becoming the highest-ranked French official to visit Kiev since the Russia-Ukraine conflict started on February 24.

During the talks, Zelensky thanked France for the financial aid for Kiev and the assistance of the French government in the treatment of wounded Ukrainian servicemen.

The Ukrainian leader added that Kiev is counting on France’s support for Ukraine on its path toward getting to a candidate status for EU membership in June.

Zelensky and Colonna also exchanged views on the ways to unblock Ukrainian ports to prevent the global food crisis, and they touched upon Ukraine’s post-conflict recovery.

The French Foreign Minister arrived in Ukraine earlier on Monday, becoming the highest-ranked French official to visit Kiev since the start of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on February 24.

Colonna also held talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, pledging to continue military assistance for Ukraine.

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