Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal expressed support for the Greek people in connection with massive forest fires.
He said this during a phone conversation with Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday, August 11, according to the Government portal.
The Greek PM thanked Ukraine’s government and president for sending 100 firefighters to help fight fire in the country. He stressed that given the considerable experience of Ukrainian firefighters he would initiate cooperation at the level of rescue services of the two countries.
Shmyhal, for his part, wished Greece to ward off the natural disaster as soon as possible, and also thanked the Greek government for the decision to provide Ukraine with 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.
During the conversation, the parties also discussed the expansion of bilateral cooperation in trade, economic, and investment spheres.
"I consider that our countries have significant potential for the development of trade and economic cooperation, in particular in the fields of agriculture, IT, tourism, space, and shipbuilding. I am sure that by joining efforts we will be able to strengthen the dynamics of our trade. The holding of a regular meeting of the Intergovernmental Joint Ukrainian-Greek Working Group on Economic, Industrial, Technical, and Scientific Cooperation, in particular, will contribute to that," Shmyhal noted.
Moreover, he emphasized that Ukraine highly appreciates Greece's support for its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The PM also commended the advocacy of Ukraine both at the national level and within international organizations.
"I am convinced that your visit to Ukraine at the invitation of the president of Ukraine to the inaugural summit of the Crimea Platform and to celebrate the Independence Day of Ukraine will contribute to the further development of mutually beneficial collaboration between our states," Shmyhal summed up.
As reported, Greece's second-largest island, Evia, has been at the center of the storm of fires that have ravaged the country. Over half of the island has burned. More than 2,000 people have been evacuated, according to local officials.