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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will make a virtual appearance in the Chamber of Deputies on June 2.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will make a virtual appearance in the Chamber of Deputies on June 2.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address the Luxembourg parliament early next month, the chairman of the Grand Duchy’s chamber of deputies said on Tuesday.

Zelensky is due to make a virtual appearance on Thursday, June 2, Fernand Etgen told a parliamentary session, which was discussing the current situation in Ukraine.

Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February, Zelensky has appeared before the parliaments of several countries, but this will be the first time he has addressed the elected representatives of Luxembourg.

Zelensky received a standing ovation after some of his speeches, including before the European Parliament and the British and Canadian parliaments.

The announcement of Zelensky’s appearance in Luxembourg comes as the war rages on, as Ukraine managed to push back Russian attacks from the two largest cities, kyiv and Kharkiv, and the fighting is now mostly concentrated in the east of the country.

Luxembourg has so far delivered 50 million euros in arms and military aid to Ukraine, Defense Minister François Bausch said at a parliamentary committee meeting in April, with the government also contributing to the EU support package, estimated at 1,500 million euros to date.

However, Luxembourg’s parliament last month rejected a call for the country to support an immediate embargo on Russian oil, coal and gas, after all three coalition parties rejected the motion amid a dispute over the drafting.

All three ruling parties – the Democratic Party, the Greens and the left-wing LSAP – voted against the motion, which called for a show of support for an immediate embargo on Russian energy supplies, arms deliveries to Ukraine, humanitarian corridors, investigations into war crimes and for supporting the country to join the EU.

Any such energy ban requires “coordination with our closest partners”, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said during the debate, and EU proposals to cut supply were blocked by opposition from Hungary.

Following Russia’s invasion on February 24, Bettel has been in contact with the leaders of both countries, holding two phone calls in the space of a week with Vladimir Putin, urging him to stop their war and enter into negotiations.




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