Prime Minister Janša in Kyiv: Ukrainians are fighting for European values
- Former Prime Minister Janez Janša (2020 - 2022)
On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Janez Janša, together with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv.
In a statement following the meeting, Prime Minister Janša said that he had made the decision to come to Ukraine because he understood how Ukrainians were feeling. "Slovenia was in a similar situation three decades ago. We too fought for our freedom, our independence and our lives," said the Prime Minister, adding that the Slovenian people stood in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, were raising aid and helping women and children fleeing the war zone. "We are also trying to help by promoting solidarity that goes beyond the borders of our country," said the Prime Minister.
"We are also here to impart on you a message of united European support, which is important. We are also bringing you the message of full support for your European path and EU membership," said Prime Minister Janša, adding that, looking around Europe today, no country was fighting as hard for European values and the European way of life as the Ukrainian people. He also thanked the Ukrainian Prime Minister and the President for the first-hand information they had received on the situation in Ukraine regarding humanitarian aid, military aid and sanctions, as well as on many other topics. "We will pass on all this information to our friends in the European Council," said the Prime Minister and continued that it was one thing to observe events from afar and quite another to see and learn about them up close.
The Prime Minister added that on his way to Kyiv he was contacted by the OECD Secretary-General, who said that the OECD was working on a big package to help Ukrainians rebuild and restore their country after the war. "This will also be the topic of the next OECD meeting. We are here to tell you that your struggle is our struggle and that together we will win. Glory to Ukraine," concluded the Prime Minister.