President Pirc Musar to visit Ukraine on Thursday

Cerkno/Kyiv, 23 June - President Nataša Pirc Musar has announced that she will visit Kyiv on Thursday to sign a bilateral security agreement with Ukraine. She has noted that it is an agreement of the kind signed with Ukraine by other countries that are willing to help the country.

President Nataša Pirc Musar.
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"It's about making a commitment ... to continue helping Ukraine as long as necessary," Pirc Musar told the public broadcaster TV Slovenija on the sidelines of a charity concert in Cerkno on Saturday evening.

According to the newspaper Delo, the security agreement has been drafted by the ministries of defence and foreign affairs.

Since it is not a binding international treaty, but only an expression of political will for long-term support for Ukraine, the government only needs to take note of it, which should happen next week.

So far, nine NATO member states have concluded such agreements with Ukraine, Delo reported on Saturday.

Pirc Musar noted that Ukraine must be helped. "Ukraine is actually defending the entire structure of international law," she added.

The government recently decided to allocate up to EUR 5 million to Ukraine for further humanitarian and development aid and reconstruction. It has also sent several armoured personnel carriers, combat vehicles and other weapons to Ukraine, and has joined the Czech Republic's initiative for the joint procurement of large-calibre shells.

Pirc Musar has been invited to visit Ukraine by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Slovenian president said at the recent conference for peace in Ukraine in Switzerland that only Ukraine can decide what kind of peace agreement and what content is acceptable for the country.

She is convinced that the conference is part of a longer process, of which Russia will certainly also become a part.

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