President of Ukraine

President met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

5 December 2023 - 19:47

President met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Hanke Bruins Slot, who is on a visit to Ukraine.

The Head of State expressed gratitude to the Netherlands for the robust support of Ukraine and highly appreciated the fruitful collaboration with Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

"We are grateful for the specific and strong decisions of the Netherlands that helped us on the battlefield, helped protect civilians, and contributed to the success of establishing an alternative humanitarian corridor," noted Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The President of Ukraine informed about the situation on the frontline and the strategic objectives in repelling Russia's full-scale aggression. The priority needs of Ukrainian defenders were discussed, particularly regarding the reinforcement of air defense, provision of additional artillery systems of 155 mm caliber and ammunition, as well as the training of Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets with the support of the Netherlands.

They also discussed the functioning of an alternative "grain corridor" and enhancing its protection.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Hanke Bruins Slot also touched upon the issues of the implementation of the Ukrainian Peace Formula, particularly the preparation for the fourth meeting at the level of security and foreign policy advisers, as well as the Global Peace Summit.

The parties discussed further steps in establishing a special tribunal for the crime of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The Head of State and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands focused on the issue of Ukraine's European integration and preparations for the December meeting of the European Council. Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine was expected to adopt a number of European integration bills in the coming days.

"We count on a positive decision from the European Council regarding the start of negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU. This will be a powerful motivation for our society and for our defenders," emphasized the President.