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Austrian National Council President leads delegation on visit to Ukraine

Wolfgang Sobotka has met with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Ukraine’s PM Denys Shmyhal, during his visit to Kyiv.
Wolfgang Sobotka during his speech in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada. Credit: Verkhovna Rada
Austrian National Council President leads delegation on visit to Ukraine

On 26 September, Wolfgang Sobotka, the President of the Austrian National Council, arrived in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, leading a delegation of Austrian deputies, European Pravda reported.

The delegation represented a spectrum of Austrian parliamentary parties, barring the far-right Freedom Party of Austria, which opposes assistance to Ukraine and its EU membership aspirations.

In his speech at the Verkhovna Rada, Sobotka assured Austria’s solidarity with Ukraine and continued support. He emphasized, “Austria has already supported the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian population, which has been particularly hard-hit by this war, with financial and humanitarian aid amounting to more than 152 million euros. We will continue to provide our humanitarian assistance as long as it is needed.”

Wolfgang Sobotka during his speech in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada. Credit: Verkhovna Rada

PM Denys Shmyhal invited Austrian businesses to contribute to Ukraine’s demining efforts during his meeting with Sobotka.

“Humanitarian demining is one of the fundamental elements of reconstruction. We appreciate the help in the amount of 2 million euros for this direction,” Shmyhal said.

Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the Austrian National Council, and Denys Shmyhal, Ukraine’s PM. Credit: Shmyhal/TG channel

His discussions with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the “formula of peace” and Euro-integration. Zelenskyy thanked Sobotka for his “constant support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as our European aspirations.”

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of the National Council of Austria Wolfgang Sobotka. Credit: Ukraine’s Presidential Office

According to Der Standard, the discussions with Parliament Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk centered around the upcoming elections in Ukraine, considering many individuals are abroad, at the front, or in occupied territories.

Sobotka also visited Bucha and Irpin in Kyiv Oblast, areas afflicted by Russia’s initial full-scale invasion activities.

Credit: Thomas Topf

In a comment to Der Standard, Sobotka accentuated that the war should conclude with the return of all occupied territories, including Crimea, to Ukraine. He acknowledged Kyiv’s “very serious” efforts regarding reforms.

This visit marks Wolfgang Sobotka’s first to Ukraine, following a visit earlier in February this year by Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen.

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