OREANDA-NEWS. France will allocate €1.2 billion of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine to stabilize the economy. This was announced on Tuesday, February 8, by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Kiev.

“Economic support is very important, and we really appreciate such a step of solidarity with other states, a powerful step on the part of Emmanuel, on the part of France — the allocation of €1.2 billion in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine. This will really help us stabilize our economy,” Zelensky said.

He noted that Ukraine is already experiencing economic growth, but France's support will be another step towards the economic stability of the country.

Today, French President Emmanuel Macron met in Kiev with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. The broadcast was conducted by the office of the Ukrainian head of state on Facebook.

The day before, on February 7, the French President held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. They discussed the tension in the situation with Ukraine.
At a press conference following the five-hour meeting, the head of the Russian state noted that there was no alternative to the Minsk agreements, and called on Kiev to implement them.

Macron, in turn, announced his intention to discuss with the Ukrainian authorities Russia's proposals on security guarantees. He noted the need to build new mechanisms that would ensure stability in the region.

Earlier, in mid-January, the Danish government allocated €22 million to support Ukraine. In the same month, on January 24, the European Union (EU) promised to allocate a new €1.2 billion macro-financial assistance package to Ukraine. As the head of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, noted, these funds should help the country "to cope with financial needs due to the conflict."