German and Ukrainian leaders sign security pact

German and Ukrainian leaders sign security pact

© APA | German and Ukrainian leaders sign security pact

# 16 February 2024 20:40 (UTC +04:00)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy secured new military aid and signed a long-term security pact with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on Friday, in a meeting, APA reports citing Reuters.

Zelenskyy is visiting Germany and France on a tour to drum up military assistance at a critical point in the war against Russia, with Ukrainian troops trying to hold back Russian forces closing in on the eastern town of Avdiivka.

The security pact, which will last for 10 years, commits Germany to supporting Ukraine with military assistance and hitting Russia with sanctions and export controls, and ensuring that Russian assets remain frozen.

Berlin has also prepared another immediate support package worth 1.13 billion euros ($1.22 billion) that is focused on air defence and artillery.

"The document's importance can not be overestimated. It makes clear that Germany will continue to support an independent Ukraine in its defence against the Russian invasion," Scholz said.

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