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French National Assembly validates support for Ukraine

Paris, March 12 (Prensa Latina) The National Assembly of France voted today in favor of the bilateral agreement with Ukraine, signed in February by presidents Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Zelensky, denounced by sectors of the left as an escalation of war.

After a debate of more than three hours, 372 deputies gave their approval to the initiative and 99 rejected it, in a vote in which the parliamentarians of the National Group (RN) abstained.

Although the vote was not binding, since the agreement was signed on February 16, the Government promoted it to force political parties to establish a position regarding the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, after Macron unleashed the controversy, when evoking, for the first time, the possible sending of troops to the front, a purpose from which its European allies distanced themselves.

Before the parliamentary session, La France Insoumise and the Communist Party announced they would not support the agreement, which includes more military support, an additional three billion euros for Kiev in 2024 and support for Ukraine’s accession to the European Union (EU) and NATO.

The rebels rejected a possible direct involvement of France in the war and Ukrainian incorporation into the EU and NATO, while the communists argued that support for kyev should materialize without involvement from Paris.

Other left-wing parties, such as Europe Ecology, the Greens and the Socialist Party, gave their support to the agreement, although distancing themselves from any direct participation of France in the conflict that broke out on February 24, 2022.

Introducing the debate, Prime Minister Gabriel Attal asked for a favorable vote from deputies and reiterated Macron’s controversial statements that there are no limits to support for Ukraine against Russia.