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Ukraine and Netherlands initiate consultations on security guarantee agreement

Ukraine and Netherlands initiate consultations on security guarantee agreement Andriy Yermak, Head of the President's Office (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

The Head of the Office of the President, Andriy Yermak, initiated consultations with the Netherlands on the sidelines of the meeting of national security and foreign policy advisors in Malta regarding the conclusion of a bilateral security guarantees agreement, according to the press service of the Office of the President.

The negotiation group led by Yermak also included the Deputy Head of the Presidential Office, Ihor Zhovkva, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Mykola Tochytsky, and advisors to the head of the Presidential Office, Oleksandr Bevz and Daria Zarivna.

During the consultations, representatives of Ukraine and the Netherlands discussed cooperation in the military sphere, economic recovery issues in Ukraine, joint efforts to hold Russia accountable, as well as sanctions pressure and the use of confiscated assets of the Russian aggressor.

"The sides have agreed on an action plan for the near future in preparation for the conclusion of the bilateral security guarantees agreement," the statement said.

In addition, Yermak discussed with the Dutch Prime Minister's advisor for foreign policy and defense, Geoffrey van Leeuwen, the establishment of defense production in Ukraine.

"During the meeting they emphasized the importance of the Netherlands' continued support for Ukraine's integration into the EU and NATO," the statement added.

Security guarantees for Ukraine

Ukrainian officials have repeatedly emphasized the need for security guarantees for Ukraine. These guarantees would help prevent Russia's further invasion after the war is over, while Ukraine is not yet a member of NATO.

At the NATO Summit in Vilnius, the Group of Seven (G7) countries signed a declaration on security guarantees for Ukraine. So far, 29 countries have joined this declaration.