WARSAW (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda on Thursday during a stopover in Poland as he returned from a visit to the United States, his first trip abroad since the beginning of the invasion of his country. country of Russia on February 24.
“We took stock of the year, which brought historic challenges due to a full-scale war,” Volodymyr Zelensky said on Telegram messages after the meeting.
“We also discussed strategic plans for the future, bilateral relations and international interactions in 2023.”
A video of this meeting showed the two heads of state exchanging a warm hug.
“They talked for a long time, for almost two hours. First of all, about President Zelensky’s visit to the United States and the importance of this visit to support Ukraine, but also about bilateral relations between Poland and Ukraine,” says Pawel Szrot. Andrzej Duda’s chief of staff.
Jakub Kumoch, another collaborator of the Polish president, declared for his part to the private channel TVN24 that Poland had been informed from the start of this visit by Volodimir Zelensky and that it had helped organize it.
(Written by Anna Koper and Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk, French version Bertrand Boucey and Tristan Chabba, voiced by Blandine Hnault)