Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Madrid

Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Madrid
Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Madrid

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Madrid on Monday to sign a security agreement with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez intended to increase Madrid’s so far limited military aid to kyiv.

“I arrived in Spain to sign a bilateral security agreement and meet with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez,” Mr. Zelensky said in a message published on the social network Telegram.

“We will talk about continuing defense cooperation, preparing new military aid and training the Ukrainian army,” added the Ukrainian president, who is urging his allies to step up their aid for counter the Russian offensive.

Mr. Zelensky was welcomed on the tarmac of Madrid airport by King Felipe VI before going to the Moncloa Palace, seat of the presidency of the Spanish government, to meet with Mr. Sánchez. The two leaders will speak to the press following their meeting.

He was initially due to come to Spain on May 17, but had to cancel his visit due to the new offensive launched a few days earlier by the Russian army in northeastern Ukraine.

According to the daily “El Pais”, the agreement which is to be signed on Monday will include military aid from Madrid amounting to 1.1 billion euros, including in particular the supply of new Patriot missiles or Leopard tanks.

Volodymyr Zelensky has already signed bilateral security agreements with several countries including France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

The military aid provided so far by Madrid to kyiv has been limited.

According to data from the Kiel Institute, which lists the weapons promised and delivered to Ukraine since the Russian invasion which began on February 24, 2022, Spain has committed to providing 330 million euros in military aid to kyiv, which makes it a small contributor on a European scale.

For comparison, the commitments of Berlin, Paris and Rome amount, according to the same Source, to 18.61 billion, 5.65 billion and 1 billion respectively.

Madrid announced in April the sending of missiles for Patriot air defense systems. Spain has also already supplied kyiv with ten Leopard tanks.

Mr. Zelensky had already come to Spain in October to attend an EU summit in Granada (south) but this visit is his first official visit to the country.

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