Zelenskyy outlines objectives for European trip: arms, G7 summit, aviation, Vilnius summit

15.05.2023, 18:24
Zelenskyy outlines objectives for European trip: arms, G7 summit, aviation, Vilnius summit - Photo
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo: EPA)

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy named the principal objectives of his current trip to Europe: defense packages for Ukraine, alignment of positions ahead of the G7 summit, creation of an aviation coalition, and preparation for the NATO summit in Vilnius, President Zelenskyy said when answering a journalist's question during a press conference with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at his country residence, Chequers.

The Ukrainian head of state noted that the meetings with the leaders of Italy, Germany, France and the United Kingdom were very positive.

Among the agreements, he particularly emphasized important and powerful defense aid packages.

"The priority was our offensive actions. I am very satisfied with our achievements and agreements," the president said.

According to Zelenskyy, the second topic of negotiations during his European tour was the upcoming meeting of the G7 member states in Hiroshima.

"We are talking about the G7, and here the position of each of these countries is very important. It is very important that this position is united," he said.

The president said that he spoke with the leaders of Italy, Germany, France, and Britain about the aviation coalition.

"We are talking about the aviation coalition. And I am asking Rishi: the position he has regarding the aviation coalition, to help me have the same common position with the other leaders of the Group of Seven," Zelenskyy explained.

He added that NATO was discussed as well during the meetings.

"We are also talking about the Alliance, about Vilnius, but for now, if possible, let it be between us," Zelenskyy said.

In a video message on Monday evening, Zelenskyy added that the Ukrainian peace formula was discussed at all meetings, and now there is more willingness of partners to follow this formula.

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