Contents tagged with France

  • France and Russia want to create coordination mechanism in Syria

    France and Russia want to create a coordination mechanism between the leading powers in order to find a political solution to the problems in Syria,as stated on Thursday by French President Emmanuel Macron.

    According to Macron, the idea is to coordinate the efforts of the Astana Process, which includes Russia, Turkey, Iran, and a “small group,” the creation of which was initiated by France, and which includes the United Kingdom, Germany, Jordan, the United States and Saudi Arabia.

    “We need to …

  • Ukraine to buy French helicopters for €475 million

    The purchase of 55 French Airbus Helicopters for Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Emergency Service will cost Ukraine 475 million euros, which will be provided by France as a loan.

    The Ukrainian government approved a draft loan agreement at a meeting on Wednesday which assumes securing a bank loan for 430 million euros and a treasury loan of 45 million euros.

    Agreements between the French supplier and the Ukrainian buyer must be accepted no later than December 31, 2019. …

  • Putin and Macron to discuss the situation in Syria and Eastern Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the situation in Eastern Ukraine during a meeting in Saint-Petersburg on May 25, Yuri Ushakov, the Aide to the Russian President, stated.  

    According to Ushakov, the two parties will discuss the potential of crisis resolution in Syria and Libya, the problem of Middle East settlement, and prospects for maintaining the comprehensive overall plan of actions regarding the Iranian nuclear program following the United …

  • French citizen receives six-year sentence in Ukraine for planning terrorist attacks

    On Monday, May 21, the Lyuboml District Court of Volyn Oblast sentenced French citizen Gregoire Moutaux, who was detained at the Yagodyn auto checkpoint in May 2016 while trying to transport weapons and explosives across the border out of Ukraine.

    A Hromadske correspondent reported that Moutaux was found guilty of preparing to carry out a terrorist act and smuggling; as a result, was sentenced to six years in prison. The Ukrainian News Agency specified further that the French citizen was found …

  • Media: France deploys six artillery batteries in Syrian Deir ez-Zor province

    The French military has established six artillery batteries near the Syrian-Iraqi border in order to support Kurds, the Baghdad Post reports, citing its sources.

    The newspaper states that the six artillery batteries were established in the north of Deir Ezzor province's Baguz village.

    The French military have increased their presence in Kurdish-held areas of Syria. They are currently deployed in Manbij, al-Hasakah, Ayn Issa and Raqqa.

    Earlier, the newspaper Le Parisien, citing as its source …

  • Media: Syrian forces detain French military in Hasakah province

    A group of French military were detained at one of the check points in the Syrian province of Hasakah on May 1 while trying to mistakenly enter the Syrian-controlled territory, reports @WarGonzo Telegram channel.

    The column of the French military reportedly arrived in the province of Hasakah from Iraq via a route controlled by the Kurdish forces. There were 60 French citizens travelling on 20 Toyota Land Cruiser 200 jeeps.

    It is reported that the representatives of the Syrian special services …

  • Ukrainian President Poroshenko meets with Merkel and Macron in Germany

    On Thursday May 10, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron met in the German city of Aachen. The key topics of the trilateral negotiations were sanctions against Russia, the implementation of the Minsk agreements, and the matter of peacekeepers in the Donbas.

    At the meeting, the heads of state discussed the possibility of placing new sanctions on Russia for holding illegal elections in annexed Crimea.

    “Obviously we spoke …

  • French and German Foreign Ministers expect Russia’s 'constructive contribution' to resolving the crisis in the Donbas

    Germany and France expect Vladimir Putin’s "constructive participation in resolving international conflicts." Russia should help resolve the crises in Syria and Ukraine, as well as other problems, Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas stated during a meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Berlin on Monday, May 7, Radio Liberty reported. According to the German ambassador, Berlin and Paris are interested in dialogue with Moscow and expect from it "constructive contribution …

  • Macron explains what he expects from Putin and Russian politics

    French President Emmanuel Macron stated that it was France’s goal to allow Russia to strengthen its position in Europe and not to fall into isolation. He said he would like to maintain “historic dialogue" with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    "Putin dreams of Russia reemerging as a great power under the influence of humiliation because of the events around the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the USSR... I can understand that. But for me, Russia is Europe, even if Russia has almost …

  • French Ambassador: there is a risk that reforms will be negated in Ukraine

    At a joint interview with German Ambassador to Ukraine Ernst Reichel with Interfax-Ukraine , the Ambassador of France to Ukraine, Isabelle Dumont said that she believes that Ukraine has not yet reached the point of no return and that reforms in the state should continue.

    "Basically, the question is something we all have been asking ourselves for the past years: Have we reached the point of no return [in the reform process]? I think, fortunately, not yet," Dumont said.

    She also noted that …