© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron speaks as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy listens throughout a joint information convention, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine June 16, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photograph
By John Irish
PARIS (Reuters) – Romantic gestures take many varieties… properly on Wednesday Ukraine’s defence ministry posted a video on social media geared toward giving France a mild nudge to indicate its love via weapons’ provides after repeated criticism that Paris has not been doing sufficient.
The 41-second clip on twitter comes hours after a French safety cupboard assembly held by President Emmanuel Macron determined that France had taken new selections to “help Ukraine militarily” after talking to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
France has delivered Caesar howitzers, transportable air defence techniques and heavy armoured automobiles primarily.
Nevertheless, a wave of assaults on Ukrainian cities has raised the stakes, with Kyiv demanding its companions present extra provides, together with air defence techniques – one thing Paris has been unwilling to take action far.
Wednesday’s clip made clear to France that it needed extra than simply phrases and guarantees.
“Romantic gestures take many varieties,” pictures on the video learn because the traditional “Je t’aime moi non plus” (I like you … me neither), the suggestive and once-censored music that Serge Gainsbourg recorded with then-lover Jane Birkin, performed within the background.
The photographs intertwine lovers holding arms in Paris, goodies, roses and Macron smiling with Zelenskiy. All with the French-made howitzer cannons in full motion on the battlefield.
“However in case you actually wish to win our hearts… nothing beats 155mm heavy self-propelled artillery … Many thanks France. Please ship us extra!”
France’s defence ministry introduced on Tuesday that it was boosting its help on NATO’s jap flak by sending extra tanks to Romania, Rafale fighter jets to Lithuania and infantry to Estonia. It mentioned nothing about Ukraine.
Macron is because of be interviewed on nationwide tv Wednesday night, throughout which diplomatic sources have mentioned he could define particulars of his proposed new help.
France does have the SAMP/T (Mamba) surface-to-air defence system, though fairly what number of it might present is unclear. It deployed one such system to Romania in Might.
“Now we have not had any solutions from France to our requests on this,” Vadym Omelchenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to France, informed reporters on Monday.