Minister Fajon on further support and assistance to Ukraine during a working visit to Kyiv
Minister of Foreign Affairs Tanja Fajon paid a working visit to Ukraine, where she met with Ukranian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal, Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko and Director of the Ukraine Investment Promotion Office Sergiy Tsivkach. During talks with her hosts, Minister Fajon stressed that Slovenia will continue to support and assist Ukraine, both in coping with the catastrophic consequences of the Russian aggression and in overcoming the obstacles on the path towards EU integration.
“Slovenia continues to be a friend and supporter of Ukraine and its people, who have shown great courage and an enviable attitude. I informed my hosts of the Slovenian humanitarian aid to Ukraine since the beginning of the war which, together with the contribution of Slovenian NGOs, amounts to EUR 8.8 million. We discussed specific humanitarian aid projects where Slovenia would like to offer its expertise, such as demining and rehabilitation of the wounded,” said Minister Fajon.
Since the beginning of the war, the Slovenian Government has provided humanitarian aid worth EUR 3.2 million to Ukraine. Slovenia also provides shelter for Ukrainian refugees and has taken in 20 orphans from the Luhansk orphanage. Slovenian NGOs have donated approximately EUR 5.5 million towards meeting the needs of Ukraine and its refugees in Slovenia.
Minister Fajon expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people and refugees, who have been resisting the Russian aggression for months. She reiterated Slovenia's strongest condemnation of the unacceptable Russian military aggression, which impacts the entire world. “We all wish that the war that has caused great suffering to the Ukrainian people ends as soon as possible,” added Minister Fajon. These matters cannot be discussed without Ukraine, which will decide when the conditions have been met for diplomacy to replace arms.
During her visit, the Minister visited the Kyiv suburb of Irpin, the scene of the massacre of innocent Ukrainian civilians. She condemned in the strongest terms the acts that constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian law and human rights, stressing that the perpetrators must not go unpunished.
A memorandum of understanding in the field of cybersecurity, which is especially important in the current situation, was signed on the margins of the visit.
The Minister then went on to present the interest of the Slovenian businesspeople in participating in the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, while the Ukrainian side expressed the hope that Slovenian municipalities would also participate in the reconstruction.