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Strengthening European security: key takeaways from Tusk-Macron meeting in Paris

12.02.2024 17:00
In a meeting at the Élysée Palace in Paris, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday reiterated their commitment to European security and support for Ukraine in its defense against Russia's invasion.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and French President Emmanuel Macron meet at the lyse Palace in Paris on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and French President Emmanuel Macron meet at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024.Photo: PAP/Marcin Obara

Both leaders emphasized the need for European countries to bolster their defense mechanisms, acknowledging the critical role of Poland and France in safeguarding Europe's future.

Macron expressed his pleasure in welcoming Tusk, signaling a warm and cooperative bilateral relationship aimed at confronting shared European challenges.

A central theme of their dialogue was the unwavering support for Ukraine in its war against Russian aggression.

Tusk, acknowledging Poland's frontline role in aiding Kyiv, stressed the balance between supporting Ukraine and facing the complex issues surrounding Ukrainian grain trade and ensuring the food security of Poland and Europe. This reflects a nuanced approach to navigating the complex geopolitical landscape shaped by the war.

Tusk and Macron discussed the strategic importance of strengthening military and economic capabilities within the European Union and NATO framework.

Macron highlighted the ongoing efforts to deliver strategic military equipment to Ukraine, enhancing not only the country's defense but also the production capabilities and security of the European continent.

A notable outcome of the meeting is the commitment to drafting a new bilateral treaty to replace the 1991 agreement, aiming to deepen cooperation across defense, energy, scientific, cultural, and linguistic domains. This initiative marks a significant step towards a more integrated and resilient European alliance.

The talks also covered the upcoming Polish presidency of the EU next year, with Macron offering assurances of France's support. This collaboration is pivotal for addressing Europe's urgent security challenges and fostering a climate of trust and cooperation.

Tusk's visit, his first official trip to France since assuming office, underscored Poland's revitalized commitment to European solidarity and defense capabilities.

After his meeting with Macron, Tusk headed to Berlin for discussions with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, focusing on Polish-German relations, European security, and the economy, further demonstrating the concerted effort to unify European responses to pressing global issues.

Poland, France and Germany together form what is known as the Weimar Triangle. The group was set up by the three countries in the early 1990s to help overcome divisions in Europe by bringing Poland into the European Union and NATO.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, starting the largest military conflict in Europe since World War II.

Monday is day 719 of Russias war on Ukraine.


Source: IAR, PAP

Click on the audio player above for a report by Radio Poland's Michał Owczarek.