Ukraine to sign security deals with Germany and France

16 February 2024, 09:54

Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukraine to sign security deals. Picture: PA

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky was visiting Berlin and Paris as he sought to shore up Western support for his country.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to sign bilateral security agreements with Germany and France on Friday as Kyiv works to shore up Western support nearly two years after Russia launched its full-scale war.

The Ukrainian leader is meeting German chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin and continuing to Paris to meet French president Emmanuel Macron.

The bilateral security and long-term support agreements follow a security agreement between Ukraine and the UK signed when British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visited Kyiv last month.

That accord covers the next 10 years.

Mr Zelensky will continue on Saturday to the Munich security conference, an annual gathering of high-ranking security and foreign policy officials, where he plans meetings with US vice president Kamala Harris among others.

Ukraine has moved onto the defensive in the war, hindered by low ammunition supplies and a shortage of personnel, although it has kept up strikes behind the largely static 930-mile front line.

European allies have appealed to the US Congress in recent days to approve a package that includes aid for Ukraine, a 60 billion US dollar allotment that would go largely to US defence companies to manufacture missiles, munitions and other military hardware that are being sent to the battlefields in Ukraine.

Mr Scholz travelled to Washington a week ago to underscore the urgency of releasing US funding.

After meeting President Joe Biden, he said: “We shouldn’t beat around the bush – support from the United States is indispensable for the question of whether Ukraine will be in a position to defend itself.”

Germany is now the second-biggest supplier of military aid to Ukraine after the US, and Mr Scholz has called recently for other European countries to step up with more weapons deliveries.

Mr Zelensky has made one previous visit to Berlin since the Russian invasion in February 2022, in May last year.

Friday’s trip will be his third to Paris since the invasion, following visits in February and May 2023.

By Press Association

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