Ukraine’s Zelensky arrives in Balkans forward of safety convention | EUROtoday

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Albania late Tuesday forward of a safety convention, his first go to to the Balkan nation since Russia’s invasion.

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In a publish on social media, Albania’s Foreign Minister Igli Hasani referred to as the Ukrainian chief’s arrival in Tirana “a pivotal moment for fostering bilateral ties, and standing in solidarity with Ukraine in its heroic fight against Russia’s aggression”.

Zelensky has been criss-crossing the globe in current weeks to rally assist for his beleaguered nation, as Ukraine’s armed forces face a crucial scarcity of ammunition and battle to carry again Russia’s army advances on the bottom.

In Tirana on Wednesday, Zelensky is to satisfy with a number of leaders from throughout the area throughout the “Ukraine-Southeast Europe Summit”.

Albania, a NATO member since 2009, has been a vocal supporter of Ukraine however has stayed largely quiet in public about supplying Kyiv with arms.

During a go to to Albania earlier this month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken praised Tirana’s backing of Ukraine.

“It was one of the first countries to send military aid to Ukraine in the wake of the Russian aggression –- guns, ammunition, mine resistant vehicles –- and it’s currently one of the top ten per capita in terms of its support for Ukraine and security assistance,” Blinken mentioned.

Before arriving in Tirana, the Ukrainian president touched down in Saudi Arabia, the place he sought to advertise his peace plan and focus on potential prisoner of warfare exchanges.

Saudi Arabia maintains relations with each Russia and Ukraine and has mediated between the opponents earlier than, together with a deal struck in September 2022 that noticed the discharge of greater than 200 captive Ukrainians.