Today the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko will visit France, where for the first time will meet with the newly elected French leader Emmanuel Macron. Previously, the policy did not met in person — only had one phone conversation. According to the press service of the President in negotiations with the leader of France, during the visit there are meetings with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and the President of the Senate Gerard Larcher.
WORKING TOUR. Meeting with Emmanuel Macron, a kind of finale of a series of working visits of our President to Germany, USA and Brussels. Recall, Poroshenko has already met twice with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel at the end of may held full-scale talks, and last Friday in Brussels politicians spoke at the summit of the European people’s party. And last week, Petro Poroshenko met personally with the President of the United States Donald trump and key members of his administration. All of these visits had a very positive evaluation as the Petro Poroshenko and world leaders and experts.
BEFORE NORMANDY. The official agenda of the meeting of the two presidents in Paris is not yet known. However, one of the main topics of the upcoming talks, the Ambassador of France in Ukraine Isabelle Dumont has called the situation in the Donbass, the bilateral relations of Ukraine and France, as well as the Normandy format.
Ukrainian experts believe that the subject of conversation between the two leaders will be even more diverse. “First, we will talk about security, because France is a party to the negotiations process on settlement of the situation in the Donbas. There is something to talk about — it’s the same previously announced initiatives by reformatting the ATO. The key here is to discuss the issue of recognizing the Donetsk and Luhansk regions occupied. Second, it questions the support of the EU recovery programs of defense of Ukraine. The third is the serious further support reforms in Ukraine, as we are still heavily dependent on financial assistance of the European Union. By and large, the key vote in the EU by France and Germany. As in France now the new leader, our President must enlist the support of his French colleagues,” — said political analyst Igor Tyshkevich.
He also noted that the meeting needed to the leaders of the two countries closer to each other, found the manner of conducting negotiations and find out what are the values of each of the guarantors. The analyst stressed that Poroshenko’s visit to the Macron is also a preliminary consultation and one of the stages of preparation for the meeting, “Norman Quartet”, which will take place in the near future. This kind of lasting success after a visit to the United States.
“Normandy” will help Him better understand the Donbass
During a recent trip to Brussels, President of Ukraine said that already this week held telephone talks of leaders “channel four” (the last meeting was held in October 2016. — Ed.). At the same time Emmanuel macron has said that he wants as soon as possible to hold a formal meeting in the “Normandy format” before the G20 summit, which will take place on 7-8 July in Hamburg (Germany). The French leader stressed that this will allow him to better understand at what stage is the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas. According to political analyst Vadym Karasyov, if the meeting Poroshenko and Macron successful, it is likely that “Normandy” will take place in the near future without prior telephone conversations. “If our President would support the proposal of his colleagues to meet eye to eye, the Makron will appreciate it. He now claims to leadership in Europe and wants to be in charge in the “channel format” and therefore is very interested in hosting this meeting. This will allow him to show how he can be successful in foreign policy”, — said the expert and added that the meeting “Norman format” is beneficial to both parties.