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Zelenskyy discusses cooperation with next NATO Secretary General

Tuesday, 2 July 2024, 12:50
Zelenskyy discusses cooperation with next NATO Secretary General
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Mark Rutte. Stock photo: Getty Images

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke with Mark Rutte, who has just quit the post of Prime Minister of the Netherlands and will start working as NATO Secretary General in October. 

Source: Zelenskyy on X (Twitter); European Pravda 

Details: The head of state thanked Rutte personally, his government, and the people of the Netherlands for what they have done for Ukraine, for "all the timely and extensive defence, humanitarian, and political support".


Zelenskyy said that he will continue to stay in touch with Rutte in the role of the new NATO Secretary General. The president congratulated Rutte on his appointment and discussed Ukraine's future cooperation with the Alliance.



  • On 2 July, a new Dutch government was headed by Prime Minister Dick Schoof.
  • Rutte served as prime minister for the longest time in the Netherlands' modern history. On 26 June, the North Atlantic Council decided to assign him as the next NATO Secretary General.
  • Rutte will take office on 1 October, when the mandate of the current Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ends.

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