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Macron and Nausėda discuss Ukraine crisis strengthening NATO defense

On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron met with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda in Paris to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine. The meeting took place at the Elysee presidential palace, signifying the importance of their discussions.

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“Our discussions will focus on our continuing support for Ukraine,” said Macron. The French leader had met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy just last week during the G7 summit in Hiroshima. He reiterated France’s commitment to sustaining its support for Ukraine, emphasizing the need to strengthen defense industries.

The dialogue between Macron and Nausėda precedes a planned NATO summit in Vilnius. Nausėda outlined Lithuania’s significant ambitions and plans for the summit, expressing hope for it to serve as a step forward in supporting Ukraine and strengthening NATO’s eastern flank.

“We would like that the important declarations of the Madrid summit would become realized in Vilnius,” Nausėda stated. The Lithuanian President highlighted the critical need for forward defense and the importance of air and anti-missile defense in the wake of the war in Ukraine, noting its key role in protecting airspace, civilians, and civil infrastructure.

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