President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron.
The head of the Ukrainian state thanked the President of France for his strong condemnation of the illegal referendums in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions and Russia's attempts to illegally annex these territories of Ukraine. The presidents agreed on the need for a tough, consolidated response by the world community to this latest crime by the Russian Federation, in particular via boosting sanctions pressure.
In addition, the leaders discussed the situation at the front and new successes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in liberating Ukrainian territories.
Zelenskyy emphasized the importance of enhancing defense support for Ukraine from France and noted Emmanuel Macron's important personal role in this.
Touching on the topic of nuclear blackmail of the world by Russia, the presidents of Ukraine and France discussed the situation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP and once again emphasized the need for its immediate demilitarization. The parties separately drew attention to the illegal detention of Director General of the ZNPP Ihor Murashov by the Russian occupation authorities and called for his release.
In the context of the need to guarantee Ukraine's security, Zelenskyy touched upon the issue of our country's application for NATO membership.
The leaders discussed holding the summit of the European Political Community and an informal meeting of the European Council in Prague next week, which will serve as an opportunity for a joint assessment of the new acts of Russian aggression and finding relevant solutions.