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PMs of Ukraine, Portugal discuss provision of military, financial aid, sanctions policy, Ukraine's integration into EU

KYIV. May 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa discussed the provision of military and financial assistance, sanctions policy and Ukraine’s integration into the European Union.

"Ukraine needs to speed up the supply of various types of weapons from partner countries, because the life of Ukrainians and further success in the fight against the aggressor depend on it," the government press service said, citing Shmyhal.

The prime minister of Ukraine said the supply of modern weapons to the country should be accompanied by increased sanctions pressure on Russia.

"We are sure that the next sixth package will be approved in the near future. It is tough and effective sanctions that can bring the war in Ukraine closer to an end," he said.

During the conversation, Shmyhal also expressed hope that Portugal would support the provision of additional financial support to Ukraine in the form of 10% of the special drawing rights received in August 2021 under the IMF in order to strengthen the economic stability of the state in the confrontation with the enemy.

The interlocutors also discussed Portugal’s support for the recognition of Ukraine as a candidate state for EU accession and accelerated membership.

‘We can jointly offer Ukraine a quick recovery based on democratic development and a market economy. It is EU membership that can become the idea around which all branches of power and people will be consolidated in the post-war development of the country," the Ukrainian prime minister said.

In turn, Costa expressed his solidarity with Ukraine in the fight against the Russian aggressor and stressed that Portugal is ready to provide all necessary assistance, primarily related to supporting the affected people.

"According to António Costa, Portugal supports sanctions against Russia and granting Ukraine the status of a candidate country for EU membership," according to the statement.