Macron and Zelenski travel together to Brussels to attend the European Union summit

French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. – Julien Mattia/Le Pictorium Agenc / DPA

French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski are traveling together to Brussels to attend the European Union summit on Thursday.

This was reported by the Elysee in a statement, in which it has detailed that the two leaders will leave from an airport near Paris at 8.30 am.

The trip takes place hours after Macron and Zelenski, along with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, have held a meeting in the French capital in which the leaders have stressed the importance of supporting Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion «as long as necessary».

The three-way meeting in Paris, the trip of the Ukrainian leader to London -where he met with the ‘premier’ Rishi Sunak–, and the participation in the summit of the European Union, is part of a small European tour by Zelenski in an effort to request more military aid from his partners in view of the prospect of a new Russian offensive in the spring, As the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine approaches, European leaders want to reinforce a message of support for Kiev that was already symbolically portrayed last week, when European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, a large part of her team of commissioners and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, traveled to the war-torn country.

Now, the EU-27 will reiterate their commitment to stand by Ukraine «as long as it takes», Brussels stresses, not only through financial, political and military support, but also with a new package of sanctions on which they are already working – the tenth – and seeking legal formulas to finance the reconstruction of Ukraine with the resources confiscated from Russia or ensuring that those responsible will be held accountable before international justice.