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The leaders of France and Germany tried to heal an increasingly public rift over their approach to the war, holding talks alongside Poland’s prime minister on support for Kyiv.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President Emmanuel Macron of France met in Berlin on Friday looking to smooth over their differences on how to support Ukraine in its war with Russia and allay concerns that the Franco-German “engine of Europe” is sputtering.

The meetings ended in smiles, but offered little in the way of substance on the matters over which Berlin and Paris have been at odds.

At a news conference, Mr. Scholz announced new measures that built on recent meetings, such as a pledge to speed up purchases of arms for Ukraine, including tapping the world market — a slight shift from France’s earlier insistence on only buying European weapons.

He also said there would be a new “capability coalition” to prepare supplies of long-range missiles, a concept for which he provided no further detail but which may be an attempt to move past the ongoing debate over his refusal to send Germany’s Taurus missiles to Ukraine.

Mr. Scholz hosted Mr. Macron alongside Poland’s prime minister, Donald Tusk, as Europe struggles to maintain unity at a critical moment, with U.S. support for the government in Kyiv in question and advances by Russian forces on the battlefield.

“We will do everything that is necessary, for as long as it takes, to ensure Russia does not win this war,” Mr. Macron said. “We will continue to support Ukraine and its people for as long as necessary.”

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