Mitsotakis and Zelensky meet in Athens

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Volodymyr Zelensky, Athens Maximos Palace August 21, 2023

At 18:20, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, arrived at the Maximos Palace in Athens and met with the waiting Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The visit was announced at the last minute for security reasons, while at 19:50, the President of the Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, welcomed the Ukrainian president.

Mitsotakis and Zelensky will have a four-four at the Maximos Palace. At the same time, an extended meeting with the participation of delegations will follow, while the two leaders will then make statements to the press.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Volodymyr Zelensky, Athens Maximos Palace August 21, 2023

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Volodymyr Zelensky, Athens Maximos Palace August 21, 2023

Volodymyr Zelensky is making his first official visit to Greece - and the first since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as it has been pending since Spring 2021 - following the invitation addressed to him by Mitsotakis.

A strong message of support for Ukraine

At the same time, in Athens, Zelensky will meet for the first time at the informal dinner organised by the Prime Minister with the region's leaders - in the presence of the EU leadership. - a summit dinner that transmits through Greece a strong message of support for Ukraine, the Euro-Atlantic perspective of the entire region, and an even stronger message that this road for the entire region passes through Athens.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to repeat that Greece, which stood on the right side of history from the first moment by supporting Ukraine without asterisks, will continue to support Ukraine defensively and humanitarian and its Euro-Atlantic perspective.

It is recalled that following NATO's decisions - both at the Madrid Summit and in Vilnius - Greece joined the Declaration of the G7 leaders on support for Ukraine - in which the findings of the Alliance are repeated, and the continuation of support for Ukraine are reaffirmed - defence and economical for its reconstruction - both bilaterally and through the EU and NATO.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Volodymyr Zelensky, Athens Maximos Palace August 21, 2023

According to government sources, the timing of Zelensky's visit to Athens, which was organised under conditions of secrecy for security reasons on the day of the arrival of regional leaders at the invitation of the prime minister, is no coincidence and highlights Greece's pivotal role in the region and the Euro-Atlantic perspective of both the Balkans and the Eastern Neighbourhood (the President of Moldova will also be present), as Athens becomes the meeting bridge that brings together all the leaders of the region from the Balkans to Ukraine.

Zelensky at the informal dinner

In the evening, the President of Ukraine will participate in the informal dinner organised by Mitsotakis at the Maximos Palace with the participation of leaders of the Western Balkans, countries of the region, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the European Council Charles Michel. The dinner will be attended by:

  • President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic,
  • President of Moldova Maia Sandu,
  • President of Montenegro Jakov Milatovic,
  • Prime Minister of Romania Ion-Marcel Ciolacu,
  • Pseudo leader of Kosovo Albin Kurti,
  • President of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Borjana Kristo,
  • Prime Minister of North Macedonia Dimitar Kovacevski,
  • Prime Minister of Bulgaria Nikolai Denkov,
  • Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenkovic.

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