18:00 / 05.05.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković attends donors' conference for Ukraine

Andrej Penković and Ursula von der Leyen

Andrej Penković and Ursula von der Leyen

Foto: @AndrejPlenkovic / Twitter

Warsaw is hosting a donors' conference for Ukraine, organized by Poland and Sweden, with the participation of Croatia. Prime Minister Andrej Plenković is also in Warsaw, where he gave an appropriate address, and he also had a number of bilateral meetings. Along with Prime Minister Plenković, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović is in Warsaw. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the conference participants via video link.

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday that at least a dozen delegations are expected to attend the conference, which will be attended by heads of state. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed them virtually, and a Ukrainian delegation arrived in the Polish capital. At the last donors' conference, held in early April, organized by the European Commission, the Canadian government and Global Citizens, more than 10 million euros were raised in Warsaw.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced on behalf of the Commission another 200 million euros to help Ukrainian refugees and displaced persons.

Croatia stands by Ukraine and will stand as long as necessary

“We all came to Warsaw as friends, as prime ministers, ministers, officials, who want to show solidarity with Ukraine at a time when Russian aggression has not only hit Ukrainian women, children, the elderly, civilians or soldiers, Ukrainian homes and infrastructure, but Ukrainian identity and Ukrainian freedom. And that is the key to understanding how much Russian aggression costs, it cost almost 13 million who had to leave their homes in such a short time, for almost six million who left Ukraine, it cost the devastating destruction of a country that will take years to recover,” said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in a speech at the conference in Warsaw.

“Croatia knows what it means to be a victim of aggression and that is why we are here with you and we will stay with you as long as necessary,” said the Croatian Prime Minister.

Plenković reiterated that Croatia would give another five million euros today to support this donors' conference.

“This is only a part of our contribution, our systematic political, diplomatic, humanitarian, technical, military assistance that we will give you. Croatia stands by Ukraine and we will stand by it as long as necessary,” said Plenković.

At yesterday's telephone session, the Croatian government decided on four million euros in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Along with the government, Croatian companies that donated medicines and water, worth one million euros, will also help.

“We all accept Ukrainian refugees; we have great respect for the countries that are immediately neighboring countries and the first in that. Croatia will continue to do so, helping Ukraine politically, diplomatically. In the reconstruction of Ukraine, when we see the magnitude and volume of destruction, it will be a very expensive process. It demands the involvement and collection of support from other states and international organizations,” said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković at the donors' conference in Warsaw.

In Warsaw, the Prime Minister met with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, with whom he discussed efforts to achieve greater energy independence and the next steps for Croatia's membership in the Schengen Eurozone. They also discussed the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the announcement of general elections, and concluded that additional EU engagement is needed to reach a political consensus in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Prime Minister also spoke with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.

Source: HRT

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