France has announced a $98 million (100 million euro) fund allowing Ukraine to directly purchase military aid from French manufacturers.
Speaking during a news conference after an informal European Union leaders' summit in Prague, French President Emmanuel Macron said the fund would “enable Ukraine to buy directly from our manufacturers the equipment it needs most to support its war effort and its resistance to Russian assaults.”
This follows remarks Macron made during a news conference on Thursday evening, which saw him pledge to send further French CAESAR howitzers to Ukraine.
During his address on Friday, Macron also delivered a message of caution when it comes to threats from Russia of a potential nuclear conflict.
When asked if he shared the view of US President Joe Biden, who warned of a nuclear "Armageddon" in response to Putin’s nuclear threats, Macron replied, “we all have to be very careful about this.”
The French president called for the “quickest possible de-escalation” carried out in “terms that are acceptable to the Ukrainian leaders and the Ukrainian people.”