Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ statements after the conference in support of Ukraine in Paris

Journalist: Can you tell us what was the outcome of this meeting?

Kyriakos Mitsotakis: The discussions with President Macron and with our counterparts are always of particular interest, all the more so when it is two years since Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

I believe that we have reaffirmed our unity and our determination to support Ukraine in order to defend itself in the best possible way against the Russian invasion. I think we have also come up with a framework which I would say does not deviate particularly from the decisions we have taken in the European Council on how this assistance can, in a practical way, have a more substantial and useful effect on Ukraine.

Beyond that, because I have heard various comments from my colleagues, my counterparts, on issues that may have been discussed in the conference, I want to assure you that there is no question of sending forces, European NATO forces, into Ukraine. An issue which does not exist for Greece and I believe does not exist for the vast majority of our counterparts.

Journalist: Has the question of a European army been raised?

Kyriakos Mitsotakis: As I said, there is no such issue and I think this debate is also distracting us from the essence of our effort to support Ukraine in practice at this moment. Thank you very much.