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Zelenskyy talks with Duda: Topics discussed

Zelenskyy talks with Duda: Topics discussed Photo: President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a conversation today, January 9, with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda, according to the Office of the President of Ukraine.

Security guarantees

The Presidents of Ukraine and Poland discussed cooperation in the defense sphere, emphasizing the key needs of the Armed Forces of our state. Zelenskyy informed his counterpart about recent massive Russian missile attacks on Ukrainian territory, resulting in the loss of civilian lives and the destruction of civilian objects.

He stressed the necessity of strengthening Ukraine's air defense for the creation of a reliable air shield. Zelenskyy also raised the issue of Poland joining the Joint Declaration of the Group of Seven leaders on security guarantees for Ukraine.

Ukraine's European integration

The Ukrainian President expressed gratitude for Poland's consistent and unwavering support as a steadfast ally on Ukraine's path towards EU and NATO accession. Zelenskyy emphasized the vision of a genuine European border of unity between the two nations.

"Our common border should be a true European border. A border of unity. There should be no borders between our people," he stated.

The support of Poland for the EU's historic decision to open negotiations with Ukraine was acknowledged. The leaders also discussed matters related to financial and political support for Ukraine from the EU.

Other topics discussed by the Presidents

The heads of state exchanged thoughts in the context of the upcoming NATO Summit in Washington and the anticipated decisions of the Alliance. They noted that the interaction between Ukraine and Poland is a crucial element of the common European home.

"I am convinced that the future of Ukraine and Poland lies in unity, mutual support and mutually beneficial cooperation," the president emphasized.

He also appreciated Poland's support for the Ukrainian "peace formula" and thanked for the decision to have a Polish representative participate in the next meeting at the level of advisors to the heads of state in Davos.

Security guarantees for Ukraine

Recalling that in early July of last year, the G7 countries approved a declaration promising security guarantees to Ukraine, which has already been joined by over 30 countries.

Yesterday, Volodymyr Zelenskyy identified the participants of the delegation regarding security guarantees for Ukraine, including the Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense Kyrylo Budanov and the Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service Oleksandr Lytvynenko.

Earlier, Deputy Head of the Office of the President for International Affairs Andrii Sybiha stated that six European Union countries had not yet joined the declaration on security guarantees for Ukraine, including Poland.