Ukraine’s Zelenskiy to meet Spanish PM in Madrid on Monday, Spain says

By Thomson Reuters May 26, 2024 | 3:13 PM

MADRID (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will meet Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Madrid on Monday, the Spanish government said on Sunday.

Both leaders will hold a press conference after the meeting at 12.00 p.m. local time in Madrid, the Spanish government said in a statement.

Zelenskiy will meet King Felipe VI of Spain after the meeting with Sanchez, the royal household said.

On May 15, Zelenskiy postponed all upcoming foreign visits, including a trip to Spain that had been scheduled for May 17, amid Russia’s offensive in the north of the Kharkiv region.

Zelenskiy had been expected to sign a bilateral security cooperation agreement with Sanchez following a joint declaration by NATO last year, and visit Portugal.

Alongside other European Union countries, Spain committedto support Ukraine with financial and military aid afterRussia’s invasion in February 2022.

Zelenskiy’s planned visit was due to coincide with an EU pledge of long-term security support for Kyiv, according to a draft document.

(Reporting by Graham Keeley and Elena Rodriguez; Editing by Christina Fincher)