The Netherlands will continue to provide military aid to Ukraine over the coming months, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte promised Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy on July 28.
"The Netherlands continues to support Ukraine, especially at this crucial juncture,” Rutte wrote on Twitter after a telephone conversation with Zelenskyy.
“There will be no let-up in deliveries of Dutch military support this summer,” the Dutch leader said.
He added that he had spoken with the Ukrainian president about the grain agreement and the subsequent missile attacks on the ports of Odesa and Mykolaiv by Russia.
Zelenskyy noted on Twitter that he discussed with Rutte the course of the hostilities, Ukrainian-Dutch defense cooperation, and financial support for Ukraine from the European Union.
"We stressed the importance of exporting Ukrainian grain by sea as soon as possible," the Ukrainian head of state said.
Russia has been blockading Ukrainian ports, preventing Ukraine from exporting it, while at the same time stealing crops from the parts of Ukraine it occupies and smuggling grain abroad via the Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory of Crimea.