According to İhlas News Agency, French President Emmanuel Macron made statements to journalists before the NATO Heads of State and Government Meeting session at the LITEXPO Exhibition and Congress Center in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. President Macron announced that France will send long-range missiles to Ukraine.
"Given the current situation and Ukraine's counter-offensive, I have decided to increase the shipment of weapons and equipment to give the Ukrainians greater offensive capacity and defense. I think what is important for us today is to send a message of support for Ukraine, of NATO unity and of determination that Russia cannot and must not win this war," Macron said.
French media reported that the long-range missiles to be sent to Ukraine are "SCALP type missiles".
With a range of 550 kilometers, the Scalp missile is said to have the potential to hit many strategic targets belonging to Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quick to react to Macron's long-range missile decision. "From our point of view, this is an erroneous decision that will have consequences for the Ukrainian side. Because it will naturally force us to take countermeasures," Peskov said.