Macron's Ukraine trip postponed to ensure ‘tangible results’ — Politico

French President Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron delayed his visit to Ukraine amid tensions with allies following his strong statements about Russia, reported Politico on Monday, March 11.

The visit has been postponed several times, and on March 10, the Elysée Palace announced it would take place "in the next few weeks." The Palace denied speculations that Macron's trip was delayed due to security concerns after Russian forces launched a missile strike near Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his visit to Odesa with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“Macron has upped anti-Russia rhetoric in recent weeks, ruffling feathers among allies, particularly in Germany,” Politico said.

Instead of rushing to Kyiv, Macron expressed the desire to "take the necessary time" for discussions with allies and visit Ukraine "with tangible results," said a French diplomat.

"A bit of time is needed to [conclude] the different coalitions and their operational commitments with our partners," said the diplomat.

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Reuters earlier reported that Macron postponed his visit to Ukraine for the third time. Initially expected in mid-February for the signing of a bilateral security agreement, Zelenskyy later traveled to Paris to sign the treaty.

The second date for his visit, originally set for early March according to diplomats, was pushed back by a few days.

Macron previously urged Ukraine's allies to intensify and "not be cowards." After a conference on supporting Ukraine held in Paris on Feb. 26, Macron said that Ukraine's Western allies would create a coalition to provide the Ukrainian Armed Forces with long-range weapons and that sending Western troops to Ukraine in the future could not be ruled out.

In response to Macron's statements, several NATO countries publicly rejected the idea of sending troops to Ukraine. Among them are Poland, the United States, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Read also: France builds alliance of countries open to possible Western troop deployment in Ukraine

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