French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to greet 500 French troops stationed at a NATO military base since the Ukraine invasion of Romania on Tuesday, ahead of a pro-Moldova visit and trip to Kiev, he told the AFP. This is the French president’s first visit to southeastern Europe, directly affected by the conflict provoked by Moscow in late February.
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According to newspapers in Berlin and Rome, the long-awaited visit to Ukraine may soon take place in the company of German Chancellor Olaf Schaals and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Information not yet confirmed by the Elysee Palace, which has said “nothing has been established”. Agerpres says this will be especially important as France holds the position of rotating head of the European Union until June 30.
Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by Foreign Ministers Catherine Cologne and Defense, Sebastien Legorn, will arrive at the end of the day at the Miguel Gogolcinanu base near Constanta, the main Roman port on the Black Sea. Very strategic from the beginning of the war.
After being welcomed by Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, the French head of state will discuss Aigle’s mission with the forces, launched as part of NATO’s strengthening of its “position of defense and security in eastern Europe”.
As a nation in this operation, France is stationing 500 troops, including 350 from the ground forces, from various divisions. They together form the “Spearhead Battalion” with 300 Belgian soldiers, who will be replaced by the Dutch in the coming months.
Romanian President Glass Iohanis will join the NATO base on Wednesday morning, after which Emmanuel Macron will deliver a “very clear message of our commitment to NATO allies and European partners,” according to the French president, emphasizing the “most important investment.” Reflects. France has recently installed a state-of-the-art ground defense system there.
The mission will continue to strengthen with a total of 1,000 Leclerc players and reinforcements by the end of this year.
At noon, Emmanuel Macron was received by President Mia Sandu in Chisinau, the capital of the Republic of Moldova, with whom he developed a “relationship of trust” after receiving him three times in February 2021 in Paris.
Emmanuel Macron, the first French president to meet with Jacques Chirac in 1998, along with Catherine Colona, will express “as direct (as possible (French) support) as possible to this former Soviet republic, which was particularly affected by the Russian invasion of Russia.” Ukraine has a common border with it.
To this end, France is providing financial and material assistance to the Republic of Moldova, which shows an “exceptional similarity” in obtaining Ukrainian refugees: more than 480,000 have crossed the border and 80,000 are still there.
With a population of 2.6 million, the country, one of the poorest in Europe, applied to join the EU on March 3, as did Ukraine (February 28) and Georgia (March 3). The request will be decided by the European Commission in the coming days before being discussed at the European Summit in Brussels on June 23 and 24.
During his visit to Paris in May, President Maia Sandu publicly praised Emmanuel Macron’s “efforts” to create a European political community, which would allow his country to “accelerate” EU entry. “We understand that joining is a long and complicated process that requires a lot of effort and a lot of effort. We are not looking for a shortcut in this path,” he explained.
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