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Zelensky to visit Czechia, meet with President Pavel

by Dinara Khalilova July 6, 2023 8:57 PM 2 min read
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attends a joint press conference with African leaders on June 16, 2023 in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Yan Dobronosov/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
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After meeting Bulgarian leaders in Sofia, President Volodymyr Zelensky said he's headed to Czechia to discuss defense assistance for Ukraine and the upcoming NATO summit, among other topics.

In Prague, Zelensky plans to meet with Czech President Petr Pavel, Prime Minister Petr Fiala, other top officials, and parliament members.

The talks will also focus on Ukraine's path toward EU and NATO membership, the situation around the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, the Ukrainian peace formula, and the country's post-war recovery.

Zelensky didn't specify when he would arrive in Czechia, but Radio Prague International wrote that he was expected to show up at Prague Castle later the same day.

Ahead of the next NATO summit in Vilnius, Kyiv is actively trying to mobilize additional support for Ukraine's membership bid. Ukraine hopes to receive a "clear signal" from allies regarding its membership prospects at the summit, set to take place on July 11-12.

Dietzen, Druckman: Vilnius NATO Summit – Accelerating Ukraine’s membership and deterring Moscow and Minsk
This month’s NATO summit takes place at a time of both peril and opportunity for the future of European security. The Wagner Group’s June 24 sprint from Rostov to the gates of Moscow dealt a fresh blow to criticism of NATO’s decision to extend a Membership Action

According to Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu, Zelensky's next stop is Istanbul, where he would reportedly meet Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan and Zelensky are set to discuss relations between the two countries, regional and international issues, the latest developments in Russia's war against Ukraine, and the Black Sea grain agreement, Anadolu wrote.

However, the news agency didn't specify from which sources it obtained the information on Zelensky's potential visit to Turkey.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative, brokered by Turkey and the UN in July 2022, has been essential in mitigating a global surge in food prices. Russia's war initially prevented Ukraine from shipping agricultural products through its Black Sea ports.

The grain deal is set to expire on July 17. Moscow has threatened not to prolong the agreement unless the West eases its restrictions against Russia's grain and fertilizer exports.

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