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Germany and France want a better ammunition supply for Ukraine

Germany and France want to work together to ensure a better supply of ammunition to Ukraine, as discussed by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and her French counterpart Stéphane Séjourné in Paris on Tuesday.

During the meeting, the two ministers discussed possible global procurement of ammunition for Ukraine, which is facing large-scale attacks by Russia.

Afterwards, good and trusting discussions were held from delegation sources on how Germany and France could support Ukraine with concrete steps.

Ways to counter attempts to destabilize Moldova were also discussed.

“United and determined: together we stand strong,” Baerbock wrote about the meeting on X, formerly Twitter.

Séjourné wrote: “Our two countries fully support Ukraine’s side and we are working together to do more and better.”

Earlier in the day, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that his country supported the Czech initiative to purchase around 800,000 artillery shells for Ukraine from countries outside the EU.

Ahead of her evening conversations with Séjourné, Baerbock emphasized the importance of close ties between Berlin and Paris in the wake of the recent Franco-German disagreements.

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Baerbock met with her French counterpart shortly after a trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Before leaving for Paris, Baerbock said: “Deep friendship and solidarity are not expressed by always agreeing with each other. If you always agree with each other, then something is wrong.”

Her trip to the French capital is said to be aimed at sending a signal of unity to Moscow following the recent public spat between France and Germany.

She added: “Deep friendship is mainly reflected in the fact that even if you disagree, you continue to work together and nothing can divide you.”

She referred to recent public disagreements between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron over strategy in the Ukraine conflict.

Scholz recently defended his position against sending soldiers to Ukraine to repel the Russian invasion that began more than two years ago.

He was responding to Macron’s eyebrow-raising comments about not ruling out the use of Western ground troops if necessary.

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In addition, a recent wiretapping scandal, in which Russian media published an intercepted conversation between senior German air force officers, has caused a stir in diplomatic circles.

Highly sensitive information was apparently discussed on a non-secure line, including British and French military details.

Some critics say Germany’s security blunder shows the country cannot be trusted with foreign intelligence.

Germany’s Defense Minister has said Russia is trying to drive a wedge between Western allies.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and German Ambassador Stephan Steinlein (L) attend a meeting with French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne (not pictured).  Soeren Stache/dpa

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and German Ambassador Stephan Steinlein (L) attend a meeting with French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne (not pictured). Soeren Stache/dpa

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (3rd from right) meets French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne (4th from left).  Soeren Stache/dpaGerman Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (3rd from right) meets French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne (4th from left).  Soeren Stache/dpa

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (3rd from right) meets French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne (4th from left). Soeren Stache/dpa

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (L) and Stephane Sejourne, Foreign Minister of France, greet each other before their meeting.  Soeren Stache/dpaGerman Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (L) and Stephane Sejourne, Foreign Minister of France, greet each other before their meeting.  Soeren Stache/dpa

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (L) and Stephane Sejourne, Foreign Minister of France, greet each other before their meeting. Soeren Stache/dpa

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