The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has arrived this Thursday in kyiv, where he is scheduled to meet with the President of Ukraine, Volodímir Zelensky, to convey to him in person Spain’s full support in the face of the Russian invasion of his country.
Sánchez has arrived in the Ukrainian capital first thing in the morning with the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, and has published the first images of her arrival in a tweet. From kyiv, both leaders have moved to Borodyanka, a town located about 40 kilometers from the capital, which was besieged and destroyed by Russian troops.
“Just arrived to Kyiv.
Ukraine has the support, solidarity and commitment of Spain. pic.twitter.com/QyXMEA7vcY“
– Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) April 21, 2022
The Spanish Executive already announced last Tuesday that Sánchez would move to Ukraine in the next few days, and although he assured that it would be imminent, he did not specify the date or more details of the visit for security reasons.
“Positive gesture to advance in strengthening the position of Ukraine”
The government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, told La Hora de La 1 that the objective of this visit is to convey to the president of Ukraine “the support of the Spanish people, of Spanish citizens and of his Government in the form of unity at the European level, also of unity in the context of our country, the support for all the sanctions that we are imposing on Russia for this unjust invasion”.
It is, said Isabel Rodríguez, a “positive” gesture to advance “strengthening the position of Ukraine which is the country “attacked” by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Isabel Rodríguez, government spokesperson, affirms that Sánchez’s visit to kyiv is “a positive gesture to advance the positioning of Ukraine as an attacked country” https://t.co/4BdZCFMoN0#LHisabelRodríguez pic.twitter.com/4AV7vImhcd“
– The Hour of 1 (@LaHoraTVE) April 21, 2022
The spokesperson minister said, when asked about how the visit was forged, that “from the first moment” the Prime Minister has held talks with the Ukrainian president, has expressed his “support”.
As it is a “war zone”, the requirement is “maximum security”, to comply with all the protocols so as not to put security at risk. It has also confirmed that after the meeting between the three leaders, they will appear at a press conference.
Sánchez had indicated this Wednesday, during his visit to the refugee center set up in the Trade Fair and Congress Center of Malaga for the reception, attention and referral of citizens fleeing the conflict, that he would transmit to the Ukrainian president, during this trip, “the unwavering and clear commitment of the European Union” and of Spain “for the peace”.
Some 134,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Spain, and of these, around 64,000 have taken advantage of the temporary protection order since the Russian invasion began to the country, as reported on Wednesday by the Prime Minister.