You are here: Home » International » News » Others
Business Standard

Australian PM Albanese considers visiting Ukraine during Europe trip

Australia's new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Friday he would take advice on whether to accept President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's invitation to visit Ukraine during an upcoming European trip

Topics
Australia | Ukraine | Volodymyr Zelensky

AP  |  Canberra 

Anthony Albanese, Australian PM elect
Albanese will attend a NATO meeting in Spain at the end of this month.

Australia's new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Friday he would take advice on whether to accept President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's invitation to visit during an upcoming European trip.

Albanese will attend a NATO meeting in Spain at the end of this month.

Albanese said he only became aware of the invitation to visit when he read a newspaper report Friday.

I'll take appropriate advice, and obviously there are security issues as well in terms of such a visit, Albanese told reporters.

I appreciate the spirit in which it's been offered and one of the reasons why has been invited to NATO is that is the largest non-NATO contributor to give support to in its defense of its national sovereignty against Russia's illegal, immoral invasion. And we'll continue to stand with the people of Ukraine, Albanese added.

Zelenskyy gave the invitation when he wrote to congratulate Albanese on his center-left Labor Party's win at elections on May 21, said Ukraine Embassy in Australia's deputy head of mission Volodymyr Shalkivski.

The invitation was for Albanese to visit Ukraine at his convenience, Shalkivski said, and the embassy handed the invitation over to the new administration June 7.

European leaders are increasingly visiting Ukraine's capital Kyiv by rail from Poland.

Zelenskyy addressed the Australian Parliament by video in late March when then-Prime Minister Scott Morrison's conservative coalition was in power. The president appealed for armored vehicles and tougher sanctions against Russia.

responded by promising 14 M113 fully tracked armored personnel carriers and 40 Bushmaster four-wheel-drive armored vehicles. The vehicles brought the cost of Australia's contribution to Ukraine's defense to 285 million Australian dollars (USD 200 million) by late May.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, June 17 2022. 12:51 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
.