The Slovenia Times

Opposition leader Janša visits Kyiv


The leader of Slovenia's largest opposition party, Janez Janša, revisited Kyiv on 27 March, a year after he visited the Ukrainian capital in his capacity as prime minister, shortly after the start of the Russian invasion. Slovenia's current Prime Minister Robert Golob is to visit Kyiv soon.

"A year on, another friendly meeting in #Kyiv with Ukrainian Prime Minister @Denys_Shmyhal," Janša wrote in a post on his Twitter account attached to a photo of him shaking hands with the Ukrainian prime minister.

"Today, Ukraine is much stronger, and the support from the free world is significantly greater than in the dark days of March 2022, immediately after the brutal Russian aggression," Janša tweeted.

However, he added that support for Ukraine was still insufficient and too slow, and "delays are being paid with human lives". "The Ukrainians' fight against the Russian aggression is a fight between good and evil that is threatening the security of the entire continent and wider."

On 15 March 2022, Janša, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala were the first foreign leaders to visit Ukraine after Russia launched its invasion. They were received by President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Slovenia's Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon visited Kyiv in July and Defence Minister Marjan Šarec in November last year, while Prime Minister Golob is set to travel to Ukraine soon at Zelensky's invitation.

Earlier this month, Golob's office told the STA the visit was still being prepared so it could not provide details. However, a well-placed source said the visit was to take place in April.

Golob received the invitation directly from Zelensky when the Ukrainian leader joined EU leaders at a summit in Brussels in February.


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