President of Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed further defense cooperation with Olaf Scholz

30 November 2023 - 14:33

Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed further defense cooperation with Olaf Scholz

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone call with Federal Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz.

The Head of State thanked the interlocutor for a powerful "winter" defense package from Germany, which includes four IRIS-T systems. The parties discussed further defense cooperation.

The President also expressed gratitude for the multi-year program of financial assistance from Germany.

"Along with Germany's significant reinforcement of our air defense, these are the best signs of unflagging support from your country. I highly appreciate that all our agreements are being fulfilled," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

The leaders discussed the current situation on the battlefield. The President spoke about his morning visit to Kupyansk in Kharkiv region, as well as to Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa the day before.

Separately, the Head of State informed the interlocutor on the security situation in the Black Sea, the functioning of the "grain corridor" and the measures necessary to further protect civilian navigation in the region.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Germany for its participation in the implementation of the Ukrainian Peace Formula, in particular for delegating a representative of Germany to the meeting of advisors in Malta and for the readiness to join the next consultations. The interlocutors coordinated positions in the run-up to the upcoming bilateral and multilateral events at various levels.

The President emphasized the importance of ensuring unity within the European Union in making a decision to start negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU, as well as to allocate €50 billion in aid for the coming years.