Zelenskyy heads to Paris after UK visit

Published February 8th, 2023 - 04:40 GMT
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King Charles III (L) shakes hands with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky (R) as he welcomes at Buckingham Palace, in London, ahead of an audience during his first visit to the UK since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Aaron Chown / POOL / AFP)

ALBAWABA - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy heads to the French capital on Wednesday evening following his trip to the United Kingdom, the French presidency stated.

Zelenskyy is expected to hold a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who is scheduled to fly to Paris too.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will travel to Paris this evening to meet with Emmanuel Macron, according to a statement from the French president’s office

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This is the first trip to Europe by Zelenskyy since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022.

On Wednesday morning, Zelenskyy made a surprise visit to the U.K. where he met British King Charles III, Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Zelenskyy thanked the U.K. for its support during the continued war with Russia that started about a year ago. Sunak, in return, pleaded to study the possibility to send more fighter jets to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian president further thanked U.S. President Joe Biden for his support words to Ukraine while addressing the nation. Zelenskyy said: "Our values ​​are the same, our common goal is victory."

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