Zelensky Meets With Leaders of Albania and Montenegro in Kyiv

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and Prime Minister of Montenegro Dritan Abazovic arrived in Kyiv on June 15, at the invitation of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

They are the first Western Balkan leaders to visit Ukraine since Russia invaded the country on February 24.

“International partners continue to come to Ukraine. This is an important signal of their support of the Ukrainian people,” said Zelensky in a Telegram post.

The footage shows Zelensky greeting the leaders and their delegations outside of the Presidential Office Building in Kyiv, before they proceed to a conference room inside.

Albania imposed sanctions on Russia and pledged a €1 million donation to Ukraine in early May. Montenegro announced the imposition of unspecified sanctions on Russia in early April. Credit: Volodymyr Zelensky via Storyful

Video transcript

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

[BIRDS CHIRPING]

- Good afternoon, Mr. Prime Minister.

EDI RAMA: How are you?

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Nice to meet you. I'm well, thank you so much.

EDI RAMA: [INAUDIBLE]

DRITAN ABAZOVIC: [INAUDIBLE]

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

EDI RAMA: Allow me to introduce [INAUDIBLE].

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Yes, I know [INAUDIBLE].

- [INAUDIBLE]

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: [INAUDIBLE]

EDI RAMA: [INAUDIBLE]

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Before we start, I just want to say thank you very much. It's very important that you came [INAUDIBLE] very important signal for other people. [INAUDIBLE] that you need to do it now. So thank you very much that you are here. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

- [INAUDIBLE] of international law, rule-based orders, and European security architecture. [INAUDIBLE] Russian aggression [INAUDIBLE] Eastern Europe and, of course, the law of the [INAUDIBLE] and freedom, but also our common values and our [INAUDIBLE] open [INAUDIBLE] aid and by opening the doors to shelter anyone fleeing from the [INAUDIBLE] of Russian aggression. We shouldn't compromise [INAUDIBLE] the Ukrainian people, able to reach [INAUDIBLE]

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