Saudi Arabia pledges $400 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine

15 October 2022, 03:19 PM
Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Muhammad bin Salman (Photo:REUTERS / Louiza Vradi)

Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Muhammad bin Salman (Photo:REUTERS / Louiza Vradi)

Saudi Arabia will provide Ukraine with humanitarian aid worth $400 million, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Oct. 15.

According to the publication, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made the aid pledge during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Oct. 14.

The Saudi prince expressed the kingdom's readiness to continue mediation efforts and support everything that will contribute to de-escalation, SPA reported.

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President Zelenskyy also shared some details of the conversation with bin Salman on Twitter. In particular, during the conversation, the parties agreed to cooperate in the release of Ukrainian prisoners of war, Zelenskyy said in a tweet.

Zelenskyy also thanked the Saudi prince for supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the UN General Assembly resolution condemning Russia’s illegal attempts to annex the territories of Ukraine that it has occupied.

"We agreed on the provision of Saudi macro-financial aid to Ukraine," Zelenskyy added.

In September, with the mediation of Mohammed bin Salman, the most high-profile prisoner exchange for the entire period of Russia's war against Ukraine took place. A total of 215 Ukrainians, including commanders and fighters of the Azov Regiment, who defended Mariupol, were exchanged for Putin crony and Ukrainian MP Viktor Medvedchuk, as well as 55 Russian soldiers.

In addition to Ukrainian military, ten foreigners who fought on the side of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were also released. Among them were those illegally sentenced to death by a court in a sham republic set up by the Kremlin in 2014 in the Russian-occupied part of Donetsk. All of released foreign defenders of Ukraine were sent to Saudi Arabia.

Earlier, Bin Salman told Zelenskyy that Riyadh was ready to mediate in the war.

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