On the 219th day of the war, on 30 September 2022, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen.
The head of state expressed gratitude to Denmark and personally to the head of the government for the effective defense, financial and humanitarian support of Ukraine from the very beginning of the full-scale invasion of Russia.
The main attention was paid to the Kremlin's decision regarding the attempted illegal annexation of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and the consolidated response to it by the entire free world.
The President said that the reaction of our state to this crime will be extremely harsh. In particular, he reported on the decision regarding Ukraine's application to join NATO recently adopted at the meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC).
"We need to get through this as quickly as possible without a Membership Action Plan. As it was done for Finland and Sweden," Zelenskyy said. He also emphasized that our state has always offered Russia to agree on coexistence on equal and fair terms, but this is no longer possible with the current Russian President.
The importance of the fact that Denmark does not recognize and categorically rejected the pseudo-referendums held by Russia in the occupied territories of Ukraine was noted. Denmark clearly stated this at the opening of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
The head of state said that the Ukrainian side is counting on the strengthening of EU sanctions and the speedy approval of the eighth package of sanctions, which should be much stronger than the previous ones. He also called on Denmark to recognize Russia as a terrorist state.
The parties discussed bilateral defense cooperation in detail. The President thanked for the provided material and technical assistance and expressed hope for stepping it up.
Zelenskyy and Frederiksen exchanged views regarding the continuation of Denmark's assistance in accelerating Ukraine's movement towards the EU and NATO.
The parties focused on issues of Europe's energy security. The President congratulated Frederiksen on the official opening of the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, which became an important event in building security, strengthening the energy independence of the entire region and opening up additional opportunities for Ukraine. The recent incidents with the Nord Stream pipelines were also discussed.
The parties focused on the issue of reconstruction of our country. The head of state thanked Denmark for the decision to join the restoration of infrastructure facilities in Mykolaiv region. The President invited Denmark to actively participate in the implementation of the Ukraine Fast Recovery Plan.
On the eve of the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor, Zelenskyy appealed to the Danish side to recognize this tragedy as an act of genocide of the Ukrainian people.