Dutch PM Mark Rutte meets with Zelenskyy in Kyiv

17 February, 06:36 PM
Mark Rutte (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

Mark Rutte (Photo:Office of the President of Ukraine)

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has made an announced visit to Kyiv, the latest European leader to come to the Ukrainian capital during wartime, Dutch news outlet NOS reported on Feb. 17.

In the morning, Rutte visited the Wall of Remembrance for those who died for Ukraine near Mykhailivska Square in the center of the Ukrainian capital, where he laid a wreath.

Later, he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

"The Netherlands is one of the leaders in military, financial, humanitarian sphere and legal assistance to our state," Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram.

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“All Ukrainians will always be grateful for this support and will never forget it.”

In July 2022, Rutte visited the war-torn suburbs of Borodyanka, Bucha, Irpin, and met with Zelenskyy in Kyiv. At the end of the year, he announced the allocation of EUR 2.5 billion ($2.7 billion) to support Ukraine in 2023.

Rutte also said that he did not rule out any military assistance to Kyiv. In February, the Netherlands received a request from Ukraine for the transfer of fighter jets.

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