| 29 February 2024, Thursday |

France aiming to complete security accord with Ukraine by start of 2024 – foreign ministry

By early 2024, France hopes to have finalized a bilateral security guarantee agreement with Ukraine, a spokeswoman for the ministry said on Wednesday.

According to officials, the G7 nations unveiled a global framework in June for Ukraine’s long-term security to strengthen its defenses against Russia and increase its financial resources in an effort to discourage Moscow from waging more hostilities.

Since NATO’s Article 5, which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all, prevents Ukraine from joining the alliance while the war with Russia rages, the country has pushed for long-term security guarantees from its principal allies.

Countries, including France, have been negotiating bilaterally since June, but there has been scant detail on what countries are willing to do and with the war entering its second year there are question marks about how committed Kyiv’s allies may be.

“On the security guarantees and the work we have been doing with our Ukrainians partners … we are working towards a conclusion of this accord with the Ukrainian authorities by the end of the year, start of next year,” Anne-Claire Legendre told reporters at a weekly news briefing.

  • Reuters