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Macron not to visit Ukraine for security reasons

His visit was scheduled for 14-15 February.

Macron not to visit Ukraine for security reasons
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French President Emmanuel Macron cancelled his visit to Ukraine on 13 and 14 February for security reasons, according to the French business publication Challenges.

The visit to Kyiv was also cancelled by the France-Ukraine Business Council of Medef International, which had organised an "exceptional mission" to Ukraine.

"Before going to Kyiv, Emmanuel Macron was supposed to visit Odesa, a symbolic visit to this city partly built by the French. And an important economic component related to the country's reconstruction was on the agenda with the announcement of a EUR200 million fund to be paid in the form of donations for civilian projects carried out by French small and medium-sized enterprises. The French president also had to formalise the arrival of the French Development Agency (AFD) as the coordinator of French assistance to Ukraine," it said.

The Elysee Palace explained the cancellation of Macron's visit by security concerns. However, this decision still raised many questions from both French civil servants and leaders and Ukrainian diplomats.

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