Denmark, the first Nordic nation to open its embassy in Ukraine

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The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed on May 2 that Denmark had become the first Nordic country to open its embassy in Ukraine.

Through a statement issued on the same date, the ministry revealed that the embassy would initially be limited in staff, but the normal staff would gradually return.

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According to the ministry, from the Kyiv staff, the embassy’s staff will handle political tasks related to the close Danish-Ukrainian relations, including cash and assistance that the Danish government is willing to donate to the Ukrainians. In addition, the embassy will also be able to provide consular assistance to a limited extent.

In this regard, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod stressed that the move to open the Danish embassy’s doors again in Ukraine is a strong symbol of Danish support for the Ukrainian people.

“Our diplomats have worked tirelessly to promote Danish-Ukrainian relations and help both Danes and Ukrainians in the difficult situation since Russia attacked the country. Now we are again present in the heart of the capital, and I am incredibly happy about that,” Minister Kofod also added.

According to him, the security situation in Ukraine is still very serious, and the Danish government still discourages its citizens from travelling to Ukraine.

Denmark has supported Ukraine with DKK 668 million in terms of humanitarian aid. In addition, the ministry reveals that Denmark has provided more than DKK 1 billion in military support.

Meanwhile, from 2014 to 2021, Denmark, through the Neighbourhood Program, has paid DKK 953 million in development assistance to Ukraine.

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However, this program was extended on January 27, 2022, when the government announced support from 2022 to 2026 for the Neighbourhood Program in the total amount of $875 million, of which $550 million have been allocated Ukraine.

The purpose of the Neighbourhood Program is to strengthen the anchoring of countries in the European community of values ​​and, at the same time, to strengthen their stability, progress and sustainability.

 

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