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France, Germany and Poland to discuss Ukraine and NATO

Update : 13 Jun 2023, 02:12

The French president hosted the German and Polish leaders to seek ways of helping Kyiv wrest back land from Russia. They were also expected to explore common policy on Ukraine's prospects of joining NATO.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday welcomed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Polish leader Andrzej Duda to discuss plans to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia.

The three gathered to talk about military support for Kyiv's counteroffensive and humanitarian aid to the country after the breach of the Kherson region's Kharkovka dam.

What's on the agenda?

The three leaders were scheduled to attend a working dinner, with Duda arriving first for talks with Macron before the arrival of Scholz.

As well as immediate support for Kyiv, they were expected to talk about security guarantees for Ukraine and make preparations for upcoming EU and NATO summits.

Ukraine has been urging NATO members to make concrete progress on its accession to the alliance at the summit.

It wants to see an upgrade for the current NATO-Ukraine Commission to a new NATO-Ukraine Council, which would be a joint consultative forum to promote the discussion of security issues.

Duda has previously said Poland is working towards obtaining extra security guarantees for Ukraine at the July meeting in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.

The US and Germany have been reticent to outline clear prospects on Ukraine's NATO accession, fearing it might irk the Kremlin and prove counterproductive to regional security. Moscow has repeatedly insisted that Ukraine not be admitted to the alliance.

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