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.