Wants to impress Russia: France changed its mind on Ukraine’s participation in NATO, – media

According to local media reports, the French authorities decided to support Ukraine’s NATO membership, taking Poland and the Baltic states as an example to increase the pressure on Russia.

France has changed its stance and now supports Ukraine’s membership in the North Atlantic Alliance. In Paris they believe that this could influence Russia and also persuade Kiev to negotiate with the Russian Federation “when the time comes”. This was written by the French edition of Le Monde.

At a recent meeting of the Defense Council, held on the Champs Elysees in France on 12 June, the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO “as an independent security guarantee” was considered.

“This could prevent Russia from continuing the war or prevent further aggression should the conflict end,” explains the logic of the French authorities.

In addition, Paris believes that a hint of Ukraine’s possibility of NATO membership could simultaneously persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to negotiate with Russia when he decides the time is right.

The change in France’s position, which Le Monde calls the “overture”, means that France is getting closer to the position it advocates, particularly Poland and the Baltic states, which support Ukraine’s entry into NATO.

“France’s position is now closer to Poland’s position than it is to Germany,” a foreign diplomat told Le Monde.

Recall that the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, said that Ukraine has already deployed the SAMP-T system, the transfer of which was announced in early February 2023. Thanks to this system, Ukraine will be able to hit a large number of air targets.

Earlier it was reported that the President of France noted the “superiority” of the Ukrainian military command over Russia in terms of tactics and organization. According to him, France began to supply Kiev with more weapons, shells and armored vehicles.

Source: Focus

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