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Zelenskyy and Rutte discuss Ukraine’s support amid political change in Netherlands

In a phone call with Mark Rutte, who is still serving as the Prime Minister of the Netherlands after his coalition lost the recent elections, Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his gratitude for the financial and military support that the Netherlands has provided to Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the videoconference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on 30 October. Cretit: Volodymyr Zelenskyy/Twitter
Zelenskyy and Rutte discuss Ukraine’s support amid political change in Netherlands

On 24 November, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and outgoing Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte had a phone conversation about further support for Ukraine, Ukrainska Pravda reported, citing Zelenskyy’s and Rutte’s Twitter (X) posts.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that he spoke with Mark Rutte about the need to secure unity in Europe and continue military and financial support for Ukraine.

“The recent decision of the Netherlands to provide Ukraine with an additional 2 billion euros in 2024 is the best signal for other partners. I am grateful to the Netherlands for all the help and for supporting the Ukrainian peace formula and humanitarian initiative,” Zelenskyy said.

Mark Rutte noted that he discussed “the current situation and the approaching winter” with Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Rutte assured that the Netherlands would continue to help Ukraine repel the full-scale Russian invasion.

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On 22 November, in the Netherlands, early parliamentary elections took place, resulting in a victory for the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) led by Geert Wilders, ending over a decade of rule of the government led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

The election was called after Rutte’s coalition resigned in July after disagreeing on immigration issues. Mark Rutte remains temporarily in office as Prime Minister until a new government is formed after the 22 November elections. The PVV does not support further arms transfers to Ukraine.

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