Zelenski met with Balkan leaders on the sidelines of the summit in Albania

photo: Associated Press

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, as well as with Bosnian Prime Minister Borjana Kristo and Moldovan President Maja Sandu in the capital of Albania, Tirana.

Zelenski arrived in Albania to join the summit of eleven countries from Southeast Europe, together with representatives from the European Union and other international organizations.

Not all countries at the meeting fully support Ukraine in its war against Russia.

Serbia is the only European country that refused to comply with EU sanctions following the Russian invasion.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said he insisted that the summit statement not include any call for sanctions against Russia and not include any proposed wording about Russia's negative influence in the Balkan region.

Albania, a NATO member since 2009 and a candidate for EU membership, expressed its full support for Kiev against the Russian invasion.

It provided military aid in the form of ammunition and training to the Ukrainian military.

It was among the first countries to offer shelter to Ukrainian refugees and joined international sanctions against Russian officials and institutions.

As a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the past two years, Albania has joined the United States in initiating resolutions against the Russian invasion.

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