President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, as part of his participation in the Ukraine-Balkans summit in Athens, held a meeting with Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković.
The head of the Ukrainian state talked about the situation on the battlefield, the offensive steps of the Ukrainian army and the problems it faces. He also briefed the interlocutor on preparing the Ukrainian power system and air defense for the autumn-winter period.
Zelenskyy thanked Croatia for preparing a new defense package for Ukraine, which will contain important components. The parties discussed the further development of defense cooperation between the two states.
The President informed the Prime Minister of Croatia in detail about Russia's illegal blockade of navigation in the Black Sea and heavy Russian missile strikes on Ukraine's port infrastructure, which endanger world food security.
Zelenskyy said that Ukraine is ready to continue to be a guarantor of global food security and is interested in finding new ways of supplying food to world markets, one of which could be Croatia. The Croatian side confirmed its readiness to provide ports on the Danube and the Adriatic Sea for transporting Ukrainian grain.
The President of Ukraine and the Prime Minister of Croatia discussed geopolitical and other challenges caused by Russian aggression against our country. They coordinated steps for further cooperation in the international arena.
The head of state separately emphasized the importance of Croatian experience in the field of humanitarian demining and thanked Croatia for its practical assistance and leadership in demining Ukrainian territories. The importance of holding the International Donor Conference on Humanitarian Demining, which will be held in Zagreb in October, was noted.
Zelenskyy separately thanked Croatia and the Croatian people for their special concern for forced migrants from Ukraine.