The readiness of the Republic of Cyprus to help the Ukrainian people was expressed by the Minister of Defense Charalambos Petridis to his counterparts from the EU member states. Mr. Petridis, who participated in the Council of Foreign Ministers via teleconference, unequivocally condemned the invasion of the Russian military forces in Ukraine, expressing his strong concern about the humanitarian crisis.
To the basic question from the EU Council of Ministers that each country can help Ukraine with military equipment, Mr. Petridis answered that Cyprus will stand by Ukraine and will align with the European countries that assist Ukraine. The Cypriot Minister of Defense stated in the teleconference that Cyprus is ready to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
The official announcement:
Participation of the Minister of Defense in a teleconference of the Ministers of Defense of the European Union
Today, the Minister of Defense, Charalambos Petridis, participated in a teleconference of the Ministers of Defense of the European Union on the developments in Ukraine.
During the teleconference, the Defense Ministers of the Member States exchanged views on the possibilities for military assistance to the Ukrainian Forces.
Mr. Petridis, after condemning the Russian invasion, expressed his support and solidarity with the Ukrainian people, expressing his regret for the humanitarian crisis. He stressed his concern about the possible spread of conflicts in neighboring countries and the possibility of escalating hostilities.
Continuing, he expressed the support of Cyprus in the decision for assistance through measures of the European mechanism for peace, assuring on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus the provision of humanitarian aid.
[This article was translated from its Greek original]