Denmark becomes the first Nordic country to reopen its embassy in Ukraine

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The Danish Foreign Ministry announced that on May 2, Denmark became the first Nordic country to open its embassy in Ukraine.

In a statement released the same day, the ministry disclosed that the embassy would initially be staff limited, but normal staff would gradually return, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

According to the ministry, from staff in Kyiv, embassy staff will take care of political tasks related to close Danish-Ukrainian relations, including money and help that the Danish government is ready to give to Ukrainians. In addition, the embassy may also provide consular assistance to a limited extent.

In this regard, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod underlined that the decision to reopen the doors of the Danish Embassy in Ukraine is a very strong symbol of Danish support for the Ukrainian people.

“Our diplomats have worked tirelessly to promote Danish-Ukrainian relations and to help Danes and Ukrainians in the difficult situation that has arisen since Russia’s attack on the country. Now we are once again present in heart of the capital, and I am incredibly happy about it. 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 traveling to Ukraine.

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

Meanwhile, in the period 2014-2021, Denmark through the Neighborhood Program provided DKK 953 million in development aid to Ukraine.

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

The objective of the neighborhood program is to strengthen the anchoring of the countries in the European community of values ​​and, at the same time, to strengthen their stability, progress and sustainability.

On April 11, the Danish government announced that 15 people working at the Russian Embassy in Copenhagen would be deported on suspicion of spying and supporting the war in Ukraine. In the meantime, Minister Kofod, at a meeting, had warned that these people would only have 14 days to leave Denmark.

On May 3, Hungary also announced that it would return its embassy to Ukraine. Furthermore, the Hungarian government stated that the necessary security measures had already been taken and therefore the embassy would be able to maintain contact with Ukrainian government bodies and provide assistance.

Other countries that have also decided to return their embassies to Kyiv are Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic.

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