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Ukraine, Portugal sign security agreement

The agreement is valid for ten years with a possibility of extension. 

Ukraine, Portugal sign security agreement
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Luís Montenegro
Photo: Presidential office

Ukraine and Portugal have signed a security agreement with a ten-year extension. Portugal will provide at least €126 million in military support to Ukraine this year.

The Prime Minister of Portugal, Luís Montenegro, announced this at a joint press conference with Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

"The agreement we have just signed is an agreement that once again confirms our cooperation in the political, security, economic, scientific and cultural spheres," Montenegro said.

According to the Portuguese prime minister, the agreement will last for ten years with the possibility of extension. 

Among other things, the Portuguese prime minister confirmed that his country will continue to support Ukraine by providing military assistance to enable it to exercise its legitimate right to self-defence and to protect and restore its territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.

According to Luís Montenegro, Portugal has already provided Ukraine with 1,000 tonnes of military aid since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion.

According to the website of the President's Office, the agreement enshrines Portugal's commitment to support Ukraine in restoring its territorial integrity within the 1991 borders, including the territorial sea.

Portugal will provide at least €126 million in military support this year.

It also confirms participation in the F-16 Coalition, the International Maritime Security Coalition, as well as in the large-calibre ammunition procurement programme, mine action and maritime security efforts.

Separate blocks of the agreement are devoted to bilateral cooperation in the defence industry, intelligence, the fight against organised crime and propaganda, and countering chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear risks.

Ukraine and Portugal will coordinate and strengthen joint efforts to support our country on its path to future NATO membership.

The political cooperation clause refers to support for the Ukrainian peace formula, bringing the aggressor to justice, strengthening sanctions against Russia, and working together to create a mechanism for compensation for losses, damage or injury caused by Russian aggression.

Portugal also commits to continue its participation in the International Coalition for the Return of Ukrainian Children and to contribute to the achievement of the goals set out in the Coalition's Framework Document.

Portugal became the twelfth country with which Ukraine signed a security cooperation agreement designed to provide long-term support. 

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