Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has announced the details of his two-day visit to France.
On his Facebook page, the minister said that the main topic was the protection of Ukraine's airspace. "This is a complex issue that covers air defence and missile defence systems, aviation, radars, personnel training, etc." Reznikov said. He also discussed the supply of ammunition.
For example, consultations were held on the French Crotale systems to expand this component, create a stockpile of missiles, etc. In addition, discussions are ongoing about other platforms that Ukraine expects to receive from partners in the future, including the United States, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and some other countries, in addition to France.
"Thanks to the special fund mechanism, which we signed in October 2022 on the sidelines of the Ramstein meeting, France will provide funding and transfer 12 Caesars. These artillery systems have proven to be very effective on the battlefield. We have also signed a memorandum with Thales on the supply of two GM-200 radars, which will significantly increase the Armed Forces' ability to detect air targets, including cruise and ballistic missiles, as well as drones of various types," the minister said.
According to Reznikov, France will provide training for more than 6,500 Ukrainian soldiers. In particular, 2,000 people will receive professional training in France and Poland.
He also offered the management of the General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) and the heads of French arms companies an opportunity to test their products in difficult combat conditions.
Reznikov also met Senate President Gerard Larcher, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee Christian Cambon, and Chairman of the National Defence and Armed Forces Committee of the National Assembly Thomas Gassilloud.
"I briefed my esteemed colleagues on the security situation, and we are counting on the support of French lawmakers," Reznikov added.
He also visited Ukrainian soldiers undergoing rehabilitation in France.
"In general, we have taken further steps to strengthen our army - further steps towards our victory," the minister emphasized.