Kuleba on Zelensky's meetings in New York: Ukraine strengthening partnership with powerful players

Kuleba on Zelensky's meetings in New York: Ukraine strengthening partnership with powerful players

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has emphasized the importance of bilateral talks held by President Volodymyr Zelensky in New York with the leaders of Britain and Turkey, as well as with the European Commission president and the NATO secretary general.

He wrote this in his blog for Ukrinform.

"An important result of the Ukrainian delegation's visit to New York was the meetings held by Volodymyr Zelensky with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As envisaged by our foreign policy strategy, Ukraine is strengthening strategic partnerships with powerful players and forms a system of global and regional security with them," Kuleba said.

He recalled that last year, Kyiv and London launched a new stage of strategic partnership, as part of which Ukraine and the United Kingdom are strengthening the Ukrainian Navy. And recently an agreement has been reached to build missile boats for Ukraine - two will be built in the UK and six more at Ukrainian enterprises.

"Zelensky and Johnson discussed concrete steps to further increase cooperation in trade, defense, finance and energy. Turkey is a key player in NATO and the Black Sea region," Kuleba wrote, recalling joint projects on strike drones and warships. The construction of the first corvette for Ukraine is currently underway in Turkey. "I am convinced that we will establish the production of Bayraktar drones in Ukraine. These formidable combat vehicles, some of which already have Ukrainian engines, are currently one of the most effective types of weapons in the world," the minister said.

He also commented on the Ukrainian president's meetings in New York with the leaders of two key international organizations - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Zelensky and von der Leyen discussed preparations for the Ukraine-EU summit on October 12, emphasizing that integration into the EU internal market and a clear prospect of EU membership are key priorities for Ukraine.

Accession to NATO is one of the main priorities of Ukraine's foreign policy strategy. The country has received the status of one of the six closest partners of the Alliance in the world, Kuleba said, noting: "I am convinced that joining NATO is a matter of time."

On September 22, Zelensky in his speech at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly called for a "revival" of the UN and its charter, noting that the organization had shown weakness in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, ignored participation in the Crimea Platform summit, and failed to respond properly to Russia's issuing passports to residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and the involvement of Ukrainian citizens in the State Duma election.


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