Support for Ukraine, the development of public-private partnership and the restoration of our state were among the issues for discussion of Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark Jeppe Kofod during a meeting in Kyiv on September 1.
Denys Shmyhal thanked Jeppe Kofod for the current visit and emphasized that his visit to Kyiv in the first months of the full-scale war had been a very important signal of support on the part of Denmark.
“Denmark will further remain our reliable partner. We highly appreciate comprehensive support, in particular in the field of supplying military technology and weapons, in the field of humanitarian aid, and the creation of relevant places for the treatment of wounded people in Ukraine,” the Prime Minister noted.
The Head of the Ukrainian Government noted that the supply of weapons was number one task for Ukraine these days in order to protect the country and European borders. Therefore, the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to Denmark for advocating the EU’s allocation of appropriate military aid in the amount of EUR 1.5 billion.
Apart from that, Denys Shmyhal and Jeppe Kofod tackled the issue of gas supply in the context of the recent meeting of the heads of government of Northern European countries and Germany, as well as the situation at the Zaporizhzhia NPP. The Prime Minister emphasized that Ukraine had responsibly managed five nuclear power plants for more than 30 years.
Now, during this war, russia has seized the Zaporizhzhia NPP and is creating high risks at the plant. russian troops do not have a culture of dealing with nuclear facilities. And this is a great threat to us, Europe and the world. The IAEA mission is to visit the station today. We expect that this will be the first step towards the complete demilitarization of the ZNPP,” stressed Denys Shmyhal.
Separately, the Prime Minister thanked Denmark for cooperation in the field of public-private partnership, in particular in the context of leveraging private investments to Ukraine in the coming years.
“After the Conference in Lugano, where we presented the Ukraine Recovery Plan, we consolidated the countries around the discussion on how we will rebuild our state. Now we have to implement the first part – rehabilitate critical infrastructure. We engage in talks with our partners on how to implement this as soon as possible,” said the Head of the Government.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark thanked Ukraine and Ukrainians for fighting for their freedom and for the freedom of everyone in Europe. Jeppe Kofod emphasized that Denmark would prolong its support for Ukraine, both in the military sphere and in reconstruction. In particular, a new aid package is already being prepared.