France announces mobilization in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Paris (AFP) – February 27, 2022. 06:49

Because of the invasion of Ukraine .. France announces the mobilization of more than 9,500 soldiers

  • About 500 soldiers will be deployed in Romania and 300 will be in Estonia
  • 4 Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets arrive in the Baltic
  • Mobilization of about 600 soldiers in France to carry out sorties over Poland

Staff announced French army More than 9,500 French soldiers have been mobilized directly, or put on alert, in the framework of the moves that come in response to the Russian invasion for Ukraine.

The General Staff told AFP: “We will have more than 1,500 French soldiers directly participating in missions to strengthen the position of NATO on the eastern flank.”

About 500 soldiers will be deployed in Romania, in addition to the 300 already in Estonia, where about a hundred others will accompany the arrival of 4 Mirage 2000-5 combat aircraft aimed at “strengthening the air defense of the Baltic states,” according to the same source.

The source added that about 600 soldiers were also mobilized in France to carry out sorties over Poland.

“Since February 24, France has been participating in the defense of Poland’s skies with two missions a day,” he said.

There are also about 8,000 French soldiers “on alert within the framework of the rapid reaction force of the Russian Federation.” NATOWhich will be led by France in 2022, according to the source.

Zelensky thanks Macron

Earlier, the Elysee announced that French President Emmanuel Macron had called his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, who thanked him “for responding to Ukraine’s requests for defensive military equipment.”

Ukraine recently submitted to the French Ministry of the Army a list of military equipment, especially anti-aircraft ones, which it urgently needs.

The Ukrainian president also thanked his French counterpart for his “contribution to the collective actions related to the SWIFT system.”

France has decided to strengthen its support for Ukraine, especially in the field of defense equipment

Western countries, including France, on Saturday adopted a new package of sanctions against Moscow in response to its invasion of Ukraine, including the exclusion of a number of Russian banks from the SWIFT banking system.

Zelensky also expressed his “gratitude to the French President for the very clear messages he sent to President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.”

On Saturday evening, Macron called on Lukashenko to ensure the “withdrawal of Russian forces” from Belarus, the French presidency announced.

The Elysee said in a statement that Macron called on the Belarusian president to “demand as quickly as possible the withdrawal of Russian forces from his country,” urging him to cooperate with the international community to allow humanitarian aid to be provided to the Ukrainian people.

“The President of the Republic (Macron) insisted on denouncing the danger of a decision that would allow Russia to deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus,” the Elysee added.

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