Croatia: Plenković in Kiev offered assistance in removing landmines

Croatia is offering Ukraine its experience in the peaceful reintegration of occupied territories and also assistance in removing landmines, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday after meeting with Ukrainian counterpart Denys Shmyhal in Kiev.

Croatia fully supports Ukraine ‘s territorial integrity and possesses special capabilities that could help the Eastern European country peacefully reintegrate its occupied territories, Plenkovi tha said.

Recalling the events of the 1990s, Plenković stressed the fact that Croatia’s peaceful reintegration into its Danube region “has been one of the most successful UN-led operations ever, especially on European soil”.

He added that Croatia is already assisting Ukraine with its experience in addressing the issues and needs of war veterans, and pledged Zagreb ‘s support in Ukraine’ s efforts to remove landmines. “We have demining companies and we are ready to make our assistance available to the Ukrainian authorities,” he said.

Plenkovic arrived in Kiev on Sunday to attend the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform, which is taking place on the eve of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who announced the launch of the Crimean Platform last year, recently said the platform aimed to address the issue of militarization of the peninsula, the release of more than 1,000 Ukrainians who are political prisoners and taken hostage. given the status of the Crimean Tatars.

The Prime Minister of Ukraine Shmyhal thanked Plenković for all his support to Ukraine on its trip to Europe.

Croatia is a defender of Ukraine ‘s European path and assists Kiev in implementing European – related reforms and in the processes envisaged by the EU – Ukraine Association Agreement, he added.

Shmyhal also invited Plenković to pay a visit to Ukraine this autumn.

Plenkovic thanked Ukraine for its assistance in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes that struck Croatia in 2020 and in the evacuation of Croatian citizens from Afghanistan.

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