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Zelenskyy on security agreements: 'They really helped us a lot'

Zelenskyy on security agreements: 'They really helped us a lot' Photo: President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

The agreements on security guarantees concluded with partner countries have greatly assisted Ukraine over the past six months. This was especially evident during the waiting period for the US Congress to approve additional assistance to Kyiv, stated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"As for our security guarantee documents, they really helped us a lot. Especially when we were awaiting support from the US," said Zelenskyy.

According to him, over the past six months, supplies of air defense systems and their components were carried out thanks to the funding specified in the concluded agreements.

"You understand the value of air defense, and I'll honestly tell you that during this time, those systems or sometimes components from corresponding systems that arrived in the last six months, they came due to the funding specified in the 8 security guarantee agreements. It really helped us," the president noted.

Security guarantees

Last year at the NATO summit in Vilnius, G7 countries signed a joint declaration on security guarantees for Ukraine.

The UK, Canada, Germany, France, Denmark, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, and Latvia have already signed corresponding agreements with Ukraine.

At the same time, Ukraine has agreed to start negotiations on security guarantees with Portugal and Poland.

Ukraine is also working with the US on concluding a 10-year security guarantee agreement. Work is currently underway on the "specific text" of the document.

Earlier, the head of the Office of the President, Andriy Yermak, emphasized that security guarantees from the US should not be inferior to the American memorandum with Israel.