After the meeting with US President Joe Biden, France is spearheading another conference to speak with Ukrainian allies and see how they can work together in bridging the gap this winter season.

The France-Ukraine alliance has a long and complex history. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the two nations sought to engage in political and economic relationships that benefited both sides. Since then, the relationship has gone through several changes, from strategic partnerships to more complex forms of collaboration.

In 1997, France and Ukraine signed the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation. Then, in 2014, because of the Russo-Ukrainian War, Ukraine asked to renew the treaty in 2018.

This partnership allowed France to provide support in areas such as humanitarian aid, military equipment and training, counter-terrorism measures, border control, intelligence sharing, and other forms of assistance. In recent years, the bilateral relationship between France and Ukraine has grown considerably, with both countries becoming increasingly close partners. This has been aided by agreements that saw France increase its investment in Ukraine’s economy through financial assistance packages and providing technical expertise in areas such as energy reform.

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French President Emmanuel Macron before the Normandy Four meeting (Source: Press Service of the President of the Russian Federation/Wikimedia)

Earlier this year, France committed to donating overall financial aid from $300 million $2 billion. French President Emmanuel Macron said this is aimed at helping Ukraine deal with the economic and humanitarian fallout caused by the Russian invasion.

“The humanitarian needs of the population and the economic situation of the country call for a new effort by the international community which meets the needs linked to the destruction of civilian infrastructure,” Macron said.

This Paris conference is significant as it provides a platform for leaders from around the world to come together to discuss solutions. It also serves as an opportunity for businesses looking to invest in Ukraine’s reconstruction process while providing much-needed relief after years of conflict.

With Macron’s invitation being extended to all EU member states as well as prominent international figures such as Ukraine’s prime minister, Denys Shmyhal, and first lady, Olena Zelenska, are expected to attend, this meeting marks one of the most concerted global efforts yet to address the dire circumstances faced by many Ukrainians today while offering hope that stability can be gained through economic growth within its borders once again.

Opening of April Strasbourg plenary (Source: European Parliament/Flickr)

“There were many predictions that the E.U. and U.S. would be flooded by war fatigue by the end of the year,” he said. “This shows the exact opposite.”

And when it comes to the economic upside, Macron could actually be right.

Recent research conducted by CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research & Graduate Education – Economics Institute) found that foreign direct investments (FDI) were seen to increase in those countries where effective policies were put into place along with integration into international organizations such as NATO or European Union (EU). These findings suggest that if properly supported through initiatives like this Paris conference, then both short-term relief programs, such as energy repairs combined with longer-term investments from companies abroad could help lead to a brighter future for Ukrainians by fostering economic growth within their nation that would ultimately benefit everyone involved over time.

To date, the French government has allotted around $1.27 billion to guarantee exports for reconstruction and 400 million euros in grants.