Tuesday. 18.06.2024
WAR IN UKRAINE

Sanchez will travel to Kiev to meet Ukrainian President Zelensky

The visits of European leaders to Ukraine had a controversial episode with the snub inflicted by the leaders of Kiev on the Federal President of Germany

08/04/2022. Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has visited the Center for Attention, Reception and Referral for Ukrainian refugees, located in the Fira de Barcelona. Photo: La Moncloa.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez during a visit to the reception center for Ukrainian refugees installed in the Fira de Barcelona. Photo: La Moncloa.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will travel in the next few days to Kieve, where the Ukrainian government is resisting the attacks of the Russian army for more than 50 days, to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The main Spanish media reported the imminent trip on Tuesday, but the details and exact date have not been disclosed for security reasons.

Sánchez has declared his support and solidarity with the Ukrainian people and president on numerous occasions since the war in Ukraine began. In addition, both leaders have spoken on the phone on several occasions.

On April 5, Zelensky addressed the Spanish Parliament by video call to ask for support to resist the invasion ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On Monday, Prime Minister Sanchez announced the reopening "in a few days" of the Spanish embassy in Kiev, which has been closed since February 25, when Ambassador Silvia Cortes Marin and the rest of the diplomatic staff were evacuated as a result of the invasion.

Reopening

The reopening of the diplomatic mission, explained the head of the government in a television interview, is another proof of the "commitment" of the Spanish people with the Ukrainian people.

Sanchez will thus join the list of European political leaders who have traveled to Kiev since the war started. The first to do so were the leaders of Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. Later also traveled the president of the European Parliament and the president of the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Policy of the EU, the Spaniard Josep Borrell.

The visits of European leaders to Ukraine also had a controversial episode, due to the snub inflicted by the leaders of Kiev on the Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

On Monday, US White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that President Joe Biden is currently not planning a visit to Ukraine, despite an appeal by Ukrainian head of state Volodymyr Zelensky.

Sanchez will travel to Kiev to meet Ukrainian President Zelensky