The countries of the Western Balkans will restore the destroyed houses in Irpen

Countries of the Western Balkans will restore destroyed houses in Irpin

President Volodymyr Zelensky met with Albanian Prime Minister Eddy Rama and Prime Minister of Montenegro Dritan Abazovich in Kiev. The parties declared their readiness to help Ukraine with the restoration of residential buildings in Irpin, destroyed by the Russians. This was discussed during the joint briefing.

– We could see with our own eyes Irpin, Borodianka. I am glad that you agreed with our proposal to combine our efforts and build a quarter or separate houses in Irpin from our countries. We want to do this in a Balkan way without unnecessary bureaucracy, said Albanian Prime Minister Eddy Rama.

– Regarding the accession to the EU, you have the support of Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia to unite sometime as a family of a European country. We do not have great opportunities, we are small countries, but we will give you our support. We will make our contribution in order to provide some equipment, financial support. This is not enough support for you, but this is how we feel our duty, – stressed the Prime Minister of Montenegro Dritan Abazovic.

During the meeting, the parties also adopted a joint statement in support of granting Ukraine the status of a candidate member of the EU.

– I am grateful to everyone for adopting a joint statement of support for granting Ukraine the status of a candidate member of the EU. Our countries should be full members of the EU, and we agree that our states are not competitors on this European path, but only enhance each other's capabilities, Zelensky said.

As the head of state noted, this meeting shows the support by the prime ministers, and therefore the peoples, of our territorial integrity, our sovereignty, our course towards full membership in the European Union, as well as the need to hold all Russian war criminals accountable for what they have done against Ukraine on our soil and against Europe.

– We agree that an effective tactical response to Russian aggression should be even more assistance to Ukraine. The seventh package of sanctions should be as tangible for the aggressor state as the previous six combined, he noted. concluded a memorandum of cooperation with the Venice University of IUAV and the “Confederation of Italian Industry” in Ukraine to attract foreign experts to the restoration of the city. This was announced by the mayor of Irpin Alexander Markushin in his Telegram channel. According to him, “Confederation” will unite Italian companies for the technical and construction part of the works and projects for the reconstruction of Irpin.

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