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Tuesday, 21 March 2023 06:47 GMT

Zelensky Meets With German Defense Minister

(MENAFN- UkrinForm) President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has met with newly appointed Federal Minister of Defense of Germany Boris Pistorius, who is on a visit to Ukraine.

According to the president's office , welcoming the German defense minister in Kyiv, Zelensky thanked him for the fact that his first foreign visit is to Ukraine. 'Thank you for this signal of support for Ukraine,' he said.

The President commended the solidarity and comprehensive effective assistance in security, political, financial, energy and other spheres provided by Germany to Ukraine amid Russia's full-scale armed aggression.

'Ukraine is extremely interested in the support from one of the leaders of the European Union - Germany. Especially at this time of ordeals for us. We are grateful for the recent decisions, for all decisions,' Zelensky said.

He praised the long-awaited decision of Germany to supply Ukraine with Leopard battle tanks and to allow their transfer to Ukraine by third countries, which paves the way to the creation of an international tank coalition.

Zelensky also briefed the interlocutor of the situation on the frontline and top-priority defense needs of Ukraine in the context of Russia's escalation of the war of aggression.

He emphasized that in order to ensure an effective response during the new phase of Russian aggression, to protect civilians, Ukrainian cities and power grid, it is necessary for Ukraine to receive all the necessary weapons and military equipment as soon as possible.

The parties also discussed a number of practical steps to enhance the protection of Ukrainian skies and increase Ukraine's defense capabilities with the support of Germany.

Photo: President's Office


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