France to deliver more Caesar howitzers to Ukraine: French FM


Kiev, May 31 : Visiting French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna has said that her country will deliver more Caesar howitzers to Ukraine, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported. "There will be new deliveries of Caesar self-propelled artillery systems soon, and we will continue to work together in this context," Colonna told a joint media briefing with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kiev on Monday. She said France stands ready to become a mediator in Ukraine's open dialogue with Russia if a need arises, Xinhua news agency reported. Besides, the French Minister added that Paris supports granting Ukraine a candidate status to the European Union under a fast-track procedure. According to media reports, France has already supplied six Caesar howitzers to Ukraine. Colonna arrived in Ukraine earlier on Monday for a working visit, becoming the highest-ranked French official to visit Kiev since the Russia-Ukraine conflict started on February 24. /IANS


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