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Zelenskyy says he's unlikely to attend meeting of EU leaders in Spain

Wednesday, 4 October 2023, 20:09

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Wednesday that he had received an invitation from Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to an informal meeting of EU leaders in Granada on Thursday, 5 October. 

Source: Zelenskyy in an interview with the Italian TV channel Sky TG24, reported by European Pravda

Details: Zelenskyy confirmed that he had received an invitation to the informal EU summit from Sánchez and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.

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Zelenskyy added, however, that he was unlikely to attend the summit, as "my presence is necessary here, in Ukraine".

The president's previous foreign visits since the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine have hardly ever been announced in advance.

Background

  • On Monday, European Council President Charles Michel sent an invitation to the heads of EU member states to attend an informal meeting on 6 October in Granada.
  • The letter stated that one of the key issues of the summit would be to discuss the future of the European Union in view of its expansion.
  • As is known, the issue of reforming the EU is being actively discussed amid preparations for its expansion to include Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans.

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