Irish foreign minister to visit Kyiv

AFP , Thursday 14 Apr 2022

Irish foreign and defense minister Simon Coveney is to travel to Kyiv on Thursday, his office said, where he will meet his two Ukrainian counterparts.

File photo: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. AP

Coveney's visit is the first by a foreign minister from a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council to Kyiv since Russia's invasion began.

His talks with Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov will focus on "how Ireland can continue to provide political, security and humanitarian support to Ukraine," a statement said.

The ministers will also discuss how Ireland can "assist Ukraine in its application for EU candidate status, take forward further EU sanctions on Russia, and hold Russia to account for its brutal and unjustified invasion."

Coveney will also "visit areas directly affected by the Russian invasion," the statement said.

Ireland has already provided Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees with 20 million euros ($22 million) in aid, as well as 33 million euros in non-lethal assistance to the Ukrainian military.

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