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Slovakia Supports its Key Partner Ukraine in the Fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic

Slovakia Supports its Key Partner Ukraine in the Fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic

22.5.2020 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Oficiálna rozvojová pomoc | Koronavírus 2019-nCoV |

In connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Slovak Republic is closely monitoring the situation beyond its borders. “Ukraine is our key partner and neighbour, and thus the decision to provide assistance was completely natural. Providing the material needed in the first line of the fight against the pandemic is the most specific option for support. At the same time, it is an important expression of solidarity and a clear signal that Slovakia is ready to help its partners and neighbours in difficult times,” said State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Ingrid Brocková, today (May 22, 2020) just before the humanitarian aid to Ukraine was expedited. The Ukrainian Ambassador, Yuri Mushka, and the State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic, Lukáš Kyselica, were also present.
 

Ukraine requested humanitarian assistance by means of an official letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba to Minister Ivan Korčok. The material provided includes 200,000 surgical masks, 200 litres of disinfectant concentrate, 450 portable tables and 480 blankets. According to the request from the Ukrainian side, the material will be transported to the city of Zaporozhye. Along with the material directly intended to support medical activities related to the new coronavirus, Slovakia is also sending three rescue ambulances to Ukraine. This is an initiative following the activities of the Slovak chairmanship in the OSCE. According to Secretary of State Kyselica, if these ambulances help save at least one human life, it can be considered a success. Ambassador Mushka thanked the Slovak Republic for ensuring that the humanitarian aid is delivered in such a short time, following Ukraine’s request, and he believes that this aid will not be the last one. At the same time, he appreciated that directly in the Programme Statement of the Government of the Slovak Republic, the country is committed to actively support the transformation and European prospects of Ukraine.
 

 

In financial terms, the value of the material humanitarian aid is 186 thousand euros. A large part of its transport costs will be financed through the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre. The assistance is provided as part of the official development cooperation of the Slovak Republic under the Slovak Aid brand and will not endanger the needs of the Slovak Republic in connection with the pandemic. Through these activities, Slovakia joins the broad EU initiative aimed at supporting partner countries in the fight against the new coronavirus, the so-called Team Europe.