Portugal backs UN peacekeepers deployment in Donbas, Ukraine's defense minister says

Portugal supports Kyiv's proposal to introduce a UN peacekeeping mission in the Russian-occupied Donbas.

"We've discussed the security situation in Ukraine and around the globe, as well as the introduction of a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas. And we have received full support for the idea of introducing a mission in line with the standards existing in the UN," Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said at a joint briefing with Portugal's Minister of National Defense Jose Alberto de Azeredo Lopes on Wednesday, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

According to the minister, the need to accelerate the signing of an agreement on cooperation, the issue of joint military exercises of the two countries, the exchange of experience in the protection of the sea coast were also discussed at the meeting.

"We have a lot to learn from Portuguese colleagues. We will cooperate in the search and rescue operations. Cooperation in cyber security is also important for us," Poltorak added.

Ukrainian defense minister also thanked his counterpart for help in the treatment of Ukrainian soldiers who were injured in action in the anti-terrorist operation zone.

In turn, Portuguese defense minister reiterated the country's support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"We cooperate with Ukraine as an equal partner ... We are interested in ensuring that our joint projects are useful not only in the military sector of Ukraine, but also for the civilian population. In the future we will cooperate on specific projects on logistics, cyber security, maritime issues," he said.

Lopes also expressed wilingness to share experience in those defense issues in which Portugal achieved success.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3059522