President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky met with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, President Hungary Janos Ader and President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis, all in attendance at the newly elected head of state’s inauguration.
Zelensky thanked the heads of state after they warmly congratulated him on assuming office, as reported by the president’s press service.
During a meeting with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Vladimir Zelensky said that Ukraine was interested in cooperating with Estonia in the IT sphere as well as working together to strengthen cyber defense. The head of state thanked Kaljulaid for supporting Ukraine in the European Union. In addition, he guaranteed the independence of the judiciary and equality of all citizens before the law during his term.
During the meeting with the President of Lithuania, Vladimir Zelensky noted how Dalia Grybauskaite contributed to strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries and expressed his conviction that it would continue to grow stronger in future. The head of state also commented on Dalia Grybauskaite’s personal efforts in supporting Ukraine’s defense of its sovereignty, as well as her practical assistance in helping to implement reforms and recapture the Donbas.
In addition, the President emphasized the important role Lithuania plays in promoting Ukraine in the EU and NATO and in strengthening the state’s defense capabilities.
Vladimir Zelensky was especially grateful for the treatment provided the Ukrainian military injured in the east, as well the rehabilitation services offered them in Lithuanian medical institutions.
During a meeting with President of Hungary Janos Ader, he said that he hoped Hungary would renew its support for Ukraine’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
The President underlined the importance of taking practical steps when it came to the economy, infrastructure development, social policies and cross-border cooperation, which would help bring Ukraine and Hungary closer together and be of mutual benefit. The head of state said that the international community should keep pressure on the Russian Federation for its aggression in the east and occupation of Crimea.
During the meeting with Raimonds Vejonis, Zelensky highlighted Latvia’s efforts in supporting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. In addition, Vladimir Zelensky made note of Latvia’s efforts in providing assistance to Ukraine as well as reforming its defense sector. He said that protecting foreign investors would be one of his top concerns.
The head of state assured those in attendance that Ukraine’s foreign policy and reform priorities had not changed. The President also expressed the hope that Latvia would continue to advocate for Ukraine in the European Union and NATO.