President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting with the President of the Senate of the French Republic Gerard Larcher and the delegation of the upper house of the French Parliament, which is visiting our country.
Congratulating the French senators, the Head of State said: "We appreciate your attention to Ukraine. It was an honor for me to speak in the French Parliament. We are grateful for France's consistent and effective support of Ukraine's sovereignty and our territorial integrity."
The President thanked the French parliamentarians and the entire French people for the important and multifaceted support of Ukraine – security, humanitarian and financial support.
"We especially appreciate and feel the help that France provides to Ukrainians who have found temporary shelter from the war in your friendly and hospitable state," he said.
Zelenskyy briefed the senators on the development of the situation at the front line. In this connection, the parties discussed the issue of further increasing assistance to the defense forces of Ukraine.
The head of state also said that restoring peace on Ukrainian land as soon as possible remains our top priority. It is especially important for this to develop effective security guarantees for our state. Zelenskyy said that France is one of Ukraine's key partners in this direction.
During the negotiations, attention was paid to the efforts that Ukraine is already making to prepare for post-war reconstruction.
The President thanked France for its readiness to take an active part in this process and for its intention to contribute to the restoration of Chernihiv region.
The head of state noted the important role of France in Ukraine's obtaining the European Union candidate status.
"The role of the French EU presidency in this process, as well as the position of your state and President Emmanuel Macron personally, cannot be overestimated," Zelenskyy said.