Zelensky meets with Macron in Chisinau

Zelensky meets with Macron in Chisinau

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and French President Emmanuel Macron at a meeting in Chisinau, Moldova, reaffirmed their readiness to develop framework conditions for the start of training of Ukrainian fighter pilots when it is appropriate for the Ukrainian Air Force.

Zelensky and Macron said this in a joint statement published on the website of the Ukrainian president, according to Ukrinform.

"We, the Presidents of Ukraine and France, have met today in Chișinau, Republic of Moldova, on the sidelines of the second summit of the European Political Community. The Presidents of Ukraine and France reaffirmed their agreement reached during a bilateral meeting in Paris on May 14, 2023 to help protect the population of Ukraine from Russian attacks through France's support for Ukraine's air defense capabilities," the statement reads.

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Both leaders also said that as agreed at the 12th meeting in the Ramstein format on May 25, 2023, "we confirmed our readiness to develop a framework for the start of training of Ukrainian fighter pilots when it is appropriate for the Air Force of Ukraine."

"Taking into account parallel consultations with the United States and other interested countries, we instructed our defense ministers to work together to develop a formal decision on the specific scope and mechanism of training pilots and technicians based on the request of the Ukrainian side, which will be adopted at the next Ramstein meeting by all countries participating in the fighter pilot training initiative," the statement reads.

Macron earlier said that France and several other European countries were ready to start training Ukrainian military pilots soon.

Photo: Office of the President of Ukraine

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