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Zelensky in Tirana, the history of relations between Albania and Ukraine

Zelensky in Tirana, the history of relations between Albania and Ukraine

After the start of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, on February 24, 2022, Albania had lined up alongside the European Union and the United States of America in support of Ukraine. In the framework of this support, several decisions have been approved, which allow citizens of Ukraine to enter and stay without a residence permit in Albania for a period of one year.

According to the data of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the year 2022, of the 32 thousand Ukrainians who entered Albania after the start of the war, about 2,500 stayed beyond 2022 in this country. The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania, Olta Xhaçka, said in January last year that Albania will open an embassy in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. However, this has not yet happened.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on January 13, 1993, while Ukraine opened its embassy in Tirana in September 2020. Its ambassador was appointed Volodymyr Shkurov, who is still in office. About 3,500 Albanians live in the Odesa region of Ukraine.

Ukraine seeks support from the West

Ukraine relies heavily on arms and ammunition supplies from its Western allies, mainly the United States, to withstand increasingly intense attacks by Russian forces. Recently, Ukrainian officials sought further support from the West, with Zelensky saying that Ukraine's victory in the war against Russia depends on this support. He also said he hopes the $60 billion package from the U.S. — which has met with resistance from Republican Party representatives — will pass.

Meanwhile, during a summit of European leaders in Paris, on February 26, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, said that there is a "broad consensus to do more and faster" for Ukraine, which, for two years now , is fighting the Russian invasion. The participants agreed to create a coalition to supply Ukraine with medium- and long-range missiles, as well as bombs.

Macron said that "there is no consensus" on sending European ground troops to Ukraine to fight on its side, but added that "nothing should be ruled out to achieve our objective". The Kremlin warned Kiev's European allies that sending troops to Ukraine would "inevitably" lead to war between Russia and NATO.


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