The Foreigner of Foreign Affairs, Augusto de Santos Silva, considered this Thursday that Portugal considered a “relationship of excellence”, when marking 30 years between the countries.
“We have a relationship of excellence, based on cooperation and solidarity, even more evident in demanding crises like the current one”, wrote Augusto Santos Silva on the social network twitter, alluding to the crisis between Ukraine and Russia.
???????????????? Today we mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between Portugal and Ukraine. We have been promoting a relationship of cooperation and solidarity, even more visible in demanding crises such as the current one.
— N Foreigners PT (@nestrangeiro_pt) January 27, 2022
“Community communities in both countries are crucial examples in these ties and are the best enrichment”, added the head of Portuguese diplomacy.
Portugal and Ukraine established diplomatic relations on January 27, 1992, but the first ambassador resident in Kiev, Manuel Henrique Corte-Real, was only introduced on December 19, 1993.
Ukraine is currently alive due to the presence of around 100,000 Russian troops on its border.
The Kiev Government and the Western countries accused Russia of intending to re-invade the neighboring country, later annexed the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea on 24, but Moscoín, Vote 1 of the intention.
Faced with the climate of their peers, Western governments advised citizens to leave Ukraine, where 216 Portuguese citizens reside, most of them with doubles.
On Monday, Augusto Santos Silva said that the Government is in contact with Portuguese residents in Ukraine, including the “about 10” who live in the Donbass region (East), where Pro-Russian separatists have been at war with Kiev since 2014.
All “registered and who knows they are and where they are”, said the then Augusto Santos Silva, at the end of a meeting in Brussels of the two of the European Union (EU) diplomacy about the crisis in Ukraine.
The minister said that the government maintains with residents in eastern Ukraine a “special contact to ascertain their safety and well-being conditions”, but without any questions until then.
The United States and other countries have asked relatives of diplomats in Kiev to leave Ukraine “due to the persistent threat of a Russian military operation”, but Portugal and the other EU members keep diplomatic personnel in the country.
Regarding travel to Ukraine, Augusto Santos Silva said on Monday that Portugal has advised against travel to the Donbass region since 2014, as well as “non-essential travel to Ukraine” due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as it is a third state.
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“I spoke with the Portuguese ambassador in Kiev and asked him to reassess […] to know if it was necessary to evolve in these councils”, but “we maintain the advising against travel to the region and to Ukraine, the decision that is not of now or before due to the events of now and that of the past”, said Augusto Santos Silva .