The Council of Europe created on Tuesday an “international register of damage caused by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine”, Emmanuel Macron announced at the opening of a summit of the organization of 46 member states in Iceland. “The Council is once again showing the way alongside the victims of aggression”, he declared, calling on “all States to adhere to it and to contribute actively to its elaboration”.
The French president also called on the Council of Europe to contribute to the installation of a hundred “mental health centers” in Ukraine to deal with the traumas of war. “I propose that we can launch a major project so that (the Council of Europe’s development bank) can intervene as quickly as possible and support the installation of a hundred mental health centers in Ukraine”, he said. – he said at the opening of a summit of the organization in Reykjavik.
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The summit, only the fourth for the pan-European organization in nearly 75 years of existence, aims to increase the means to hold Russia criminally responsible for the destruction and crimes caused by its invasion of Ukraine.
“International Coalition” for F-16 fighter jets
Another announcement: London wants to build an “international coalition” to help Ukraine obtain F-16 fighter jets, Downing Street said on Tuesday after a meeting between British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte. Gathered for this summit in Iceland, the two men “agreed that they would work together to build an international coalition to provide Ukraine with combat air capabilities (…), ranging from training delivery of F16 aircraft,” Downing Street said in a statement.
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Rishi Sunak “reiterated his belief that Ukraine’s rightful place is within NATO,” Downing Street said. “Leaders agree on the importance of allies providing long-term security assistance to Ukraine.”
Rishi Sunak received Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in London on Monday and pledged to deliver anti-aircraft missiles and attack drones to Ukraine soon. Volodymyr Zelensky has been asking his Western allies for months to also provide him with planes that would allow the Ukrainian army to strike Russian troops in depth, without however constituting a miracle solution in the conflict. The Ukrainian president had thus made a surprise visit to Paris on Sunday evening for a late working dinner with Emmanuel Macron.
Monday in London, he repeated that he wanted to set up “a coalition for aircraft” and said he was “very optimistic about it”. The UK has already delivered anti-tank missiles, artillery guns, air defense systems, armored fighting vehicles to Ukraine. It also supplied British Challenger tanks to Ukraine and trained Ukrainian soldiers to operate them.
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