Spain supports Ukraine's accession to EU, NATO: Zelenskyy, Sánchez sign joint declaration
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez have signed a joint declaration, which, among other things, notes Spain's unwavering support for Ukraine's aspiration to join the EU and NATO
The text of the joint declaration was published on the Ukrainian president's website.
The document states that Spain reaffirms its support for Ukraine's EU membership bid, which will be one of the priorities of its EU Presidency, and for strengthening NATO's partnership with Ukraine, in particular through the establishment of the NATO-Ukraine Council as a platform to further strengthen and expand ongoing cooperation to facilitate Ukraine's path to the Alliance.
Among other things, the Spanish partners declared their unwavering commitment to Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
"Spain highly appreciates the determination and courage of the Ukrainian people and their Armed Forces in defending themselves against illegal Russian aggression and in securing a free and democratic future for Ukraine," the document says.
In addition, Spain is ready to take an active part in the restoration and reconstruction of Ukraine. Together with Ukraine, they have agreed to join forces in this direction. Ukraine sees Spain and Spanish companies as key partners in its recovery, particularly in infrastructure, energy, transportation, capital goods, healthcare, and the digital sector.
The two countries jointly condemned Russia's ongoing aggressive war against Ukraine, which undermines the rules-based international order and the United Nations Charter. At the same time, Ukraine and Spain emphasize their firm commitment to bring to justice those responsible for war crimes and other serious crimes committed in connection with Russia's military aggression against Ukraine and to support the establishment of an appropriate justice mechanism, backed by broad international support, to ensure full and effective accountability for the crime of aggression.
The countries also agree on the need to continue collective sanction pressure on Russia in order to weaken its ability to continue its illegal aggressive war.
On Saturday, July 1, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez arrived in Kyiv on an official visit. He addressed Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. In his speech, Sánchez emphasized the unity of Ukraine and Europe.
During his speech in the Verkhovna Rada, Pedro Sánchez also announced an EUR 55 million aid package for Ukraine, the supply of 4 Leopard tanks and other military equipment.