Dutch Defence Minister arrives in Kyiv, meets with Ukrainian PM

Dutch Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal during a meeting in Kyiv on June 10. Photo: Denys Shmyhal/X

On June 10, Minister of Defence of the Netherlands Kajsa Ollongren arrived announced in Kyiv and held a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

He wrote about the meeting on his Telegram channel.

“First of all, I thanked [the Minister] for the reinforcing of Ukrainian defence capabilities. I lauded the Dutch-led initiative to supply Ukraine with Patriot air defence systems in collaboration with partners. We are also looking forward to the quickest possible delivery of the F-16 aircraft which will help protect [Ukrainian] people and infrastructure,” Shmyhal wrote.

In addition, Ukraine seeks Dutch support in terms of euroatlantic integration.

“We rely on the Netherlands’ active advocating for comprehensive support of Ukraine in the further collaboration with the key Alliance partners,” the Ukrainian PM stated.

As the politicians discussed the upcoming Peace Summit in Switzerland, Shmyhal emphasized that Ukraine appreciates that the Netherlands will be represented at the highest level.

On June 7, the Netherlands announced that it will cooperate with Denmark to produce CV90 combat vehicles and Germany to produce missiles for Patriot air defense systems for Ukraine.

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