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ARGENTINA | 08-04-2024 12:22

Milei: Argentina in talks with Ukraine, military aid a possibility

President Milei plans to meet with Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy in mid-June and says talks between two nations includes potential sending of military aid.

Argentina is in talks with Ukraine over how it can help the war-torn nation and that includes the potential of sending military aid, President Javier Milei has revealed.

Speaking during an interview with CNN en Español, the head of state intends to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in mid-June when he embarks upon an international tour to Europe.

Argentina's president has been vocal in his support for Zelenskyy, while the Ukrainian leader travelled to Buenos Aires to attend Milei's inauguration last December.

Milei, 53, has been invited to attend the G7 Leaders Summit by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, an ideological ally with whom he also has warm relations. The summit will be held at Borgo Egnazia, in southern Italy, and takes place from June 13 to 15.

As well as Zelenskyy, Argentina's leader intends to meet other major leaders while in Europe, including France’s Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

"We are drawing up a trip and the idea is that we will pass through Ukraine. We have to travel to the G7, I thank President (sic) Meloni for inviting me,” said Milei.

Milei went on to reveal in the interview that Argentina’s Defence Minister Luis Petri is in talks with the Ukrainian authorities over providing assistance. He did not rule out the chance of sending military aid to the war-torn country.

"The governments are in contact, including the defence ministers, and we will do whatever we can to help,” he said.

Reiterating his intention to stage an international forum on the Ukraine crisis in Buenos Aires this year, Milei said Argentina wanted to know how it can “collaborate” with the Zelenskyy administration.

The La Libertad Avanza leader also confirmed he will visit Spain and Germany briefly in mid-June, where he will receive awards from two foundations. 

On June 21, Milei will be honoured by the Juan de Mariana Institute in Madrid, Spain, for "his defence of the ideas of freedom.” The following day, in Hamburg, Germany, he will receive a medal from the Hayek Society, which promotes the work of Austrian-British economist Friedrich Hayek.

Milei is due to travel to Miami this week, where he will be honoured as an “International Ambassador of Light" by a Jewish organisation.



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