France’s support for Ukraine: MPs and senators will have to decide in a vote in mid-March

What is the support for Ukraine as the conflict between it and Russia enters its third year? That is the question that will be asked in the National Assembly on March 12. A debate will be held, followed by a vote, parliamentary sources told AFP on Tuesday. Same story the next day, March 13, in the Senate. Before that, Emmanuel Macron will receive party leaders on March 7 to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

We remind you that the Elysée announced on February 27 that the Parliament will discuss this issue. The presidency also indicated that the head of state had asked the government for a statement “in connection with the bilateral security agreement concluded with Ukraine” 16 February, followed by a debate and vote before Parliament.

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Debate decided under Article 50-1 of the Constitution, which provides that “The government may, before one or the other assembly (…) make a statement on a particular subject to stimulate debate, and if it so chooses, may be subject to a non-responsible vote”.

Security agreements signed in France and Germany

And to justify this decision, the Elysée then recalled that the security agreement, signed last month between Emmanuel Macron and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, “sets out our long-term support for Ukraine to defeat Russia’s war of aggression”. This support, both civilian and military, is actually planned “a period of ten years”. The text also provides “global aid” and especially the strengthening of cooperation in the field of artillery “until Ukraine joins NATO”.

In total, French aid should be worth three billion euros this year, after 1.7 billion euros in 2022 and 2.1 billion in 2023. In addition, Paris plans to support Ukraine after the war so that it can equip itself with a modern army capable of repelling possible future attacks from Russia.

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Just like Germany. He also signed a security agreement with Volodymyr Zelensky on February 16. The document contains additional and immediate military aid of 1.1 billion euros, corresponding to the seven billion tranche of support already announced across the Rhine for 2024. The text described as“historically” from German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Release of aid amounting to 50 billion euros

The two security deals came two weeks after European leaders agreed on a new financial aid of 50 billion euros over four years (33 billion in loans and 17 billion in grants). And that’s thanks to the fact that Hungary canceled its veto on February 1. This envelope was actually blocked for a long time by the reluctance of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

But according to the latter, Budapest managed to gain “guarantees” for billions of euros allocated to Hungary and suspended by Brussels.

“We were worried that the funds owed to the Hungarians, currently frozen by the European Commission, would end up in Ukraine”he also explained and welcomed the establishment of a “control mechanism” about how Kyiv uses money.

Ukraine’s allies must not “to be a coward”, calls Emmanuel Macron

During his visit to the Czech Republic this Tuesday, Emmanuel Macron called on Ukraine’s allies to ” don’t be a coward “face Russia” become unstoppable “.

The moment is surely approaching in our Europe when it will be appropriate not to be a coward », the French president began from Prague at the beginning of his visit to the country. ” We never want to see the dramas to come “, he warned the French community.

He mentioned ” forces that have become unstoppable “WHO” every day they are expanding the threat and attacking us more “.

We will have to live up to history and the courage it carries “, he insisted.

Comments with which the head of state seems to accept the controversial ones about the possibility of sending Western troops to this country in the war. On February 26, he actually confirmed that this possibility cannot “to be excluded” in the future, although he acknowledged that there was no ” consensus ” at this time. The French government then specified that these would be non-combat missions.

(With AFP)

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