France Ready to Become One of Security Guarantors for Ukraine

Tuesday, 23 May 2023

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France (MFA), together with its partners, continues to work on how best to support Ukraine in the long term, including security guarantees.

"France is ready to agree on agreements with Ukraine to grant it security guarantees that will help it defend itself for the long term and prevent possible future assaults, as our leaders have reaffirmed in the declaration spouse of the 36th Franco-British summit," French MFA states.

The comment from the French MFA came in response to information from The Wall Street Journal that key NATO member states preliminarily supported the idea of providing security guarantees to Ukraine before NATO membership based on the Kyiv Security Compact.

The concept related to Ukraine's further NATO membership is based on the Kyiv Security "Compact" proposed in September 2022 by a working group led by the Head of the Office of the President, Andrii Yermak, and former Secretary-General of the Alliance, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

An American official, on condition of anonymity, confirmed to the publication that discussions on the "Israeli model" of security for Ukraine were underway, but there are no specifics at the moment.

However, high-ranking officials in several European capitals, including Paris and Berlin, have stated that they generally agree with the plan, which involves "a series of bilateral guarantees within a multilateral agreement."

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy insists that Ukraine will not agree to any alternative proposals that could replace its NATO membership.

Ukraine will not accept any other decision at the NATO summit in Vilnius in July, except for real steps towards its membership in the Alliance, stated Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

Read also: Ukraine's NATO Membership Needs no Action Plan, We Have to Leave 2008 Mistakes Behind

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