Ukrainian President set to sign security pact with Spain — El Pais

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Pedro Sanchez
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Pedro Sanchez

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will visit Madrid soon to sign a bilateral security guarantee agreement with Spain, alongside Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, El Pais reported on May 13.

This will mark President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's first official bilateral visit to Spain. He previously attended the European Political Community summit in Granada last October.

Ihor Zhovkva, Deputy Head of the Presidential Office, stated that the security agreement between Madrid and Kyiv would have unique aspects compared to agreements with other nations.

On May 11, the German publication Welt reported that the European Union had agreed on a security agreement for Ukraine and was already in discussions with Kyiv.

Ukrainian bilateral diplomacy

In July 2023, G7 leaders announced that they agreed on a declaration on security guarantees for Ukraine.

As of April, Ukraine has signed security agreements with nine counties: the United KingdomGermanyFrance, Denmark, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, and Latvia.

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Ukraine is also in negotiations for similar agreements with the United States, NorwayEstonia, Portugal, Spain, and other countries.

On May 1, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that discussions are in progress with partners on seven additional security documents to strengthen Ukraine before it joins NATO.

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