The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - August 1, 2022
In this issue:

◢  Estonia – Meeting between Catherine Colonna and her counterpart (August 1, 2022)

◢  Ukraine – France hails the departure of the first ship from Odesa (August 1, 2022)

 
Estonia – Meeting between Catherine Colonna and her counterpart (August 1, 2022)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna spoke on August 1 with her Estonian counterpart, Urmas Reinsalu.

The minister congratulated Mr. Reinsalu on his recent appointment as Estonia's foreign minister.

The ministers commended the quality of our bilateral relationship. They reaffirmed their shared desire to continue strengthening ties between France and Estonia, particularly economic ties and trade relations.

They also discussed the security and stability of the Baltic region and emphasized France's contribution in this regard, especially within the framework of NATO's Baltic Air-Policing mission and its Enhanced Forward Presence in Estonia. They also reiterated their support for a strong, united, multifaceted European response to the Russian aggression in Ukraine. They welcomed the prospect of Finland and Sweden's membership in NATO. They also addressed the situation in the Sahel and their commitment to supporting the armed forces of the countries in that region.



Ukraine – France hails the departure of the first ship from Odesa (August 1, 2022)

France hails this morning's departure of the first ship from the Ukrainian port of Odesa. It is an important step forward in the implementation of the agreement reached under the auspices of the UN – an agreement that must continue to be implemented in the long term. France commends the efforts of the UN and Turkey in this regard.

We call on the parties to continue secure exports of Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea in order to reduce global food insecurity aggravated by the Russian aggression in Ukraine.

In this regard, France condemns Russia's ongoing indiscriminate airstrikes, including those against the port of Odesa, which jeopardize the implementation of this agreement

While Russia is using famine as a weapon of war, as President Macron reiterated during his trip to Africa, France and its partners continue to mobilize their efforts to reduce the risks of food insecurity affecting the world's most vulnerable populations.


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