Portugal’s Prime Minister tours Irpin and meets Zelensky in kyiv

Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa was received in kyiv by President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday, May 21, after inspecting the ruins in the suburb of Irpin together with Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal earlier that day.  Costa said that he reaffirmed his country's support for Ukraine against the Russian invasion and that Portugal will continue to provide humanitarian, financial and military assistance.  “We are all moved by the European choice made by Ukraine and the people of it and welcome it with open arms.  It is essential to speed up Ukraine's political and economic convergence with the EU,

Portugal’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa was received in kyiv by President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday, May 21, after inspecting the ruins in the suburb of Irpin together with Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal earlier that day. Costa said that he reaffirmed his country’s support for Ukraine against the Russian invasion and that Portugal will continue to provide humanitarian, financial and military assistance. “We are all moved by the European choice made by Ukraine and the people of it and welcome it with open arms. It is essential to speed up Ukraine’s political and economic convergence with the EU,” Costa said in a post-meeting statement. “We also had the opportunity to discuss the immediate needs of Ukraine that are already looking at the reconstruction effort. The scale of the challenge ahead of us shows that we need to create a very significant European financial instrument and attract other international donors,” he wrote. Zelensky thanked Costa for Portugal’s support for Ukraine’s entry into the European Union, its willingness to provide financial assistance and for welcoming Ukrainians forcibly displaced by the war, according to a statement from the president’s office. On Twitter, Costa posted photos showing his tour of Irpin and described it as a visit he “would never forget.” “The levels of destruction and violence are completely devastating,” tweeted Costa Costa and Shmyhal also signed a memorandum confirming that Portugal will provide €250 million in financial support to Ukraine. Credit: Portuguese Republic via Storyful

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