Friday, May 20

Pedro Sánchez arrives in kyiv to meet with Zelensky

The President of the Government has just arrived in kyiv, according to reports from the Executive, where he will hold a meeting with the Ukrainian President, Volodímir Zelenski. Pedro Sánchez has traveled by plane to Poland and from there, by night train to the Ukrainian capital. The leader of the Executive has arrived in kyiv with his Danish counterpart, Mette Frederiksen. At the end of the meeting, the leaders will make a joint appearance before the media.

“Just arrived in kyiv. Ukraine has the support, solidarity and commitment of Spain”, the president has written on his social networks.

Sánchez’s trip takes place a day after he visited the reception center for Ukrainian refugees in Malaga. In that city, he specified that there are already 134,000 displaced Ukrainians who have arrived in Spain, of which 64,000 have received temporary protection.

This week it was learned that Sánchez would travel to kyiv to show Spain’s support for Ukrainian society, although, for security reasons, the minister’s spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, avoided giving more details to questions during the press conference after the Council of Ministers. Previously, on Monday, the president himself had announced in an interview on Antena 3 that the Spanish embassy in the Ukrainian capital will be reopened soon, which was closed on February 25 after the departure of the ambassador and the rest of the staff that remained in she.

Sánchez is the last European leader to visit Zelenski after the start of the Russian offensive on Ukraine almost two months ago, on February 24. The one before him was the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, who was there on Wednesday. In the EU institutions, before Michel, the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, moved there, and later that of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, and the High Representative for Foreign Policy of the Twenty-seven, Josep Borrell, who were together.

The first European leaders who traveled to Ukraine were the leaders of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki; from Slovenia, Janez Jansa; and from the Czech Republic, Petr Fiala. Then came the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Eduard Heger, and the Austrian Chancellor, Karl Nehammer, and the presidents of Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, who went together. The British, Boris Johnson, has also gone.

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