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Ukraine agrees to start negotiations on security guarantees with Portugal

Ukraine agrees to start negotiations on security guarantees with Portugal Photo: Ihor Zhovkva, Deputy Head of the Presidential Office ( gov ua)

Ukraine and Portugal will begin negotiations on signing a bilateral security agreement that provides guarantees for Ukraine, according to the press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

As noted by the Presidential Office, today, on April 9, negotiations took place between the Deputy Head of the Presidential Office, Ihor Zhovkva, and the Diplomatic Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Portugal, Jorge Monteiro.

Zhovkva emphasized Ukraine's appreciation for Portugal's participation in the tank, aviation, and maritime capabilities coalition.

The Deputy Head of the Presidential Office informed the Portuguese official about the situation at the front line and the urgent needs of Ukrainian soldiers.

"Both sides agreed to start negotiations on a bilateral security agreement to implement the G7 Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine shortly," the Office reports.

Monteiro noted Ukraine's progress in implementing reforms that are essential for its future membership in the EU and NATO. Besides, the parties coordinated the schedule of further negotiations.

Security Guarantees for Ukraine

After the NATO summit held in Vilnius last year, several countries initiated bilateral negotiations with Ukraine to sign a security guarantee agreement.

Currently, such negotiations are underway with the United States, Japan, Romania, Norway, Spain, Greece, Latvia, and the EU, among others.

Agreements have already been signed with the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, and Finland.

The last country with which Ukraine signed such an agreement is Finland. This happened during the visit of Finnish President Alexander Stubb to Kyiv.