The head of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, arrived in kyiv this Thursday to meet with the President of Ukraine, Volodímir Zelenski, and convey to him in person the full support and solidarity of Spain in the face of the invasion that his country is suffering by Russia.
Moncloa has reported Sánchez’s presence in the Ukrainian capital and that he has traveled with the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen. The Executive reported last Tuesday that Sánchez would move to Ukraine in the next few days, and although he assured that it would be imminent, he did not specify the date or more details of the trip for security reasons.
The President of the Government himself, after the visit he made this Wednesday to the Ukrainian refugee center in Malaga, commented that he would make this trip in the coming days, but he went after her when he traveled on a Spanish Air Force plane to Poland to undertake from there a 10-hour, overnight train ride to kyiv.
That has been the itinerary and the means of transport that other European leaders and heads of community institutions have also followed and used, who have also traveled to the Ukrainian capital in recent weeks to show their support for Zelensky.
After the meeting with the Ukrainian president there will be a joint press conference with Sánchez, Zelenski and the Danish prime minister. As the President of the Government announced, in his meeting with Zelenski he will convey to him Spain’s “emphasis on commitment” to her country and will guarantee that until peace comes, he will continue to receive Spanish humanitarian and military aid. A gesture that will endorse this commitment will be the reopening of the Spanish embassy in kyiv, which the Prime Minister announced this week.
In the humanitarian field, in addition to sending aid of various kinds to Ukraine, Sánchez reported in Malaga that some 134,000 Ukrainian refugees have already arrived in Spain, of which 64,000 have taken advantage of the temporary protection order. The government has also responded to Ukraine’s requests for weapons by sending a dozen planes with offensive and defensive material.
Sánchez’s meeting with Zelensky comes after both have had two telephone conversations since the beginning of the Russian invasion and the Ukrainian president intervened by videoconference in an act held on April 5 in the plenary session of Congress with the presence of all the Government, deputies, senators and ambassadors.
In that act, Sánchez ratified that Ukraine will be able to count on the support of Spain on its way to form part of the European Union in the future, an issue that has been present in a large part of Zelensky’s meetings with the European leaders who have visited him. .
The last to do so until now had been the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, who arrived in kyiv this Wednesday, and before that the president of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen; the high representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell; and the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola.
The presence of European leaders in kyiv after the invasion ordered by Vladimir Putin began with a joint visit by the Prime Ministers of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki; Czech Republic, Pietr Fiala; and Slovenia, Janez Jansa, and one of the last to have supported the gesture was his counterpart from the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson.