Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, embarked on his European tour with a stop in Greece, eager to gain support in Ukraine’s ongoing conflict with Russia. Zelensky held a series of high-level meetings, including a meeting with Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and leaders from nine Balkan nations, to discuss security and integration with Europe.
During his visit, Zelensky engaged in bilateral meetings with leaders from the Balkan region, as well as Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission. In these meetings, Zelensky alluded to “powerful things” happening during Ukraine’s upcoming Independence Day week. Notably, he secured agreements for armored vehicles and fighter jets from Sweden, the Netherlands, and Denmark, signaling a bolstering of Ukraine’s defense.
While in Athens, Zelensky expressed gratitude towards Denmark for its steadfast support. He also had the opportunity to meet with Queen Margrethe II and other members of the Danish royal family, strengthening diplomatic ties between the two nations.
The discussion between Zelensky and Mitsotakis revolved around the priorities to cease the invasion in Ukraine. A notable proposal from Greece involved the training of Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 fighter jets. This initiative underlines Greece’s commitment to supporting Ukraine’s defensive capabilities.
Furthermore, Greece expressed firm support for Ukraine’s accession to the European Union and NATO, denouncing Russian attempts to redraw borders and commit war crimes. This steadfast backing from Greece contributes to Ukraine’s ongoing efforts to secure its place in the European community.
The evening concluded with Zelensky joining a dinner attended by European Union officials and Balkan leaders. The main focus of the dinner revolved around discussions regarding the integration of aspiring European Union members in the western Balkan region.
President Zelensky’s European tour has highlighted the significance of international alliances in Ukraine’s fight against Russian aggression. With support from Greece and other European nations, Ukraine is one step closer to ensuring peace and security within its borders.
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