How realistic are France’s ambitions for leadership?

Viktor Zamiatin, Razumkov Center Political and Legal Programmes Director

Vasyl Yurchyshyn, Razumkov Center Economic Programmes Director

Since the beginning of 2024, France has somewhat unexpectedly stood out among the founding members of the EU and NATO with rhetoric clearly aimed at supporting Ukraine’s victory in its war against Russia and providing Ukraine with all possible assistance in its intentions to join the EU and NATO. On 27 February 2024, French President Emmanuel Macron even suggested that Western countries might have to send their troops to Ukraine, causing disapproval from Germany and the United States. While the French leadership then had to clarify that they did not intend for Western involvement in the fighting in Ukraine, President Macron’s remark did spark reactions from the Western world, China, and Russia, showing France’s desire to strengthen its global role.

Although the French president’s rhetoric may be well ahead of reality, critics of Macron’s position cannot deny that, at least since the beginning of the year, Paris has indeed become more active in countering Russian aggression, in building a new Euro-Atlantic security model with a much stronger role for Europe, and in consolidating European democratic forces against

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Viktor Zamiatin

Director of Political and Legal Programmes

Born on January 13, 1966


Moscow State University, Faculty of History

Traineeships in France and Israel


Journalist in the "Kommersant" and "Day" newspapers

2007 – 2010 — Senior Consultant, Head of the Department at the Presidential Secretariat of Ukraine

December 2012 – June 2020 —Leading Expert of Political and Legal Programmes at the Razumkov Centre

June 2020 — ongoing Director of Political and Legal Programmes


Honored Journalist of Ukraine

Civil Servant of the Third Rank

Language skills: English, Serbian, Croatian, French and Polish

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