Seven European foreign ministers gather in Odesa
Nordic and Baltic Foreign Ministers in Odesa with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on April 28, 2023 (Photo:Dmytro Kuleba / Twitter)
At the invitation of Ukrainian FM Dmytro Kuleba, foreign ministers of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and the Under-secretary of State of Finland for foreign and security policy have arrived in Odesa on April 28.
“I don't recall there ever being this many foreign ministers in Odessa at the same time,” Kuleba said at joint press briefing.
“If this is the first time, then we are pleased to set a new standard together with our colleagues.”
According to the minister, European diplomats have gathered to examine how the Black Sea Grain Initiative functions, amid repeated Russian attempts to stall and scupper the deal.
The dignitaries also discussed preparations for the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius, the beginning of negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU, and establishing a special tribunal for crimes of Russian aggression.
Kuleba asked his colleagues to expedite the decision-making process on the training of Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 fighter jets.
He also noted that five months ago, the same group of ministers visited Kyiv.
"We decided that our next meeting should take place in Crimea; we will work towards achieving this goal," the minister concluded on a hopeful note.
Also on April 28, the Presidents of the Czech Republic, Petr Pavel, and Slovakia, Zuzana Caputova, arrived in Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
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