22:01 / 08.12.2021.

Author: Katja Miličić

Prime Minister Plenković visits Ukraine amid rising tensions with Russia

Andrej Plenković and Volodymyr Zelinsky

Andrej Plenković and Volodymyr Zelinsky

Foto: HTV / HRT

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković is in Ukraine for an official visit that comes amid a standoff between Ukraine and Russia. 

Ukraine has accused Russia of massing tens of thousands of troops near its border. Prime Minister Plenković met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other top officials. Among the issues they discussed were Ukraine’s aspirations to move closer to NATO and the EU. The two leaders said Croatia and Ukraine were two friendly countries that nurture excellent political, economic and cultural relations

"Ukraine and Croatia took a major step forward today in strengthening friendship and cooperation. Firstly, I would like to thank you for supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. I am especially grateful to the Prime Minister of Croatia for taking part in the Crimean Platform summit, where he spoke in Ukrainian and expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people. We appreciate Zagreb's active role in supporting our path toward Euro-Atlantic integration," said Zelinsky.

Croatia supports Ukraine on its path to the European Union and NATO. Zagreb is also offering Ukraine the experience of peaceful reintegration. The two countries signed a joint declaration on Ukraine's European prospects.

"The declaration we signed today on Croatia's support for Ukraine's European prospects only cements what we have been practicing for years. We are one of the countries that supports a European future for Ukraine. We support its European reform efforts and believe that this is the best course for internal consolidation, raising the standard of living for Ukrainians, and harmonizing the legal system and the basic tenets of social market economy," said Plenković.

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