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Saudi foreign minister meets Zelensky in Kyiv, signs $400 million aid agreements

by The Kyiv Independent news desk February 26, 2023 8:02 PM 1 min read
President Volodymyr Zelensky meets Saudi foreign minister in Kyiv on Feb. 26, 2023. (Office of the President of Ukraine)
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Saudi Arabia has announced $400 million in humanitarian aid for Ukraine as the country's foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud met President Volodymyr Zelensky and top Ukrainian officials on Feb. 26 in Kyiv.

The visit was the first by an official Saudi delegation to Ukraine since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1993.

According to Ukrainian presidential office head Andriy Yermak, Saudi Arabia will provide Ukraine with $100 million in humanitarian aid and $300 million in oil products.

During the press briefing, Al Saud also added that Saudi Arabia could play more of a role as a third party mediator for the release of Ukrainian prisoners of war from Russia.

In September 2022, top Ukrainian commanders and foreign volunteers captured by Russia during the battle of Mariupol were released in Saudi Arabia in a top-secret operation.

“We will continue to cooperate with our Ukrainian friends in order to solve the problem of war, as it affects not only Ukraine, it affects the whole world,” said Al Saud.

On Feb. 23, Saudi Arabia voted in favor of a UN resolution that calls Russia to stop “hostilities in Ukraine and calls for the withdrawal of its forces.”

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