Tuesday, April 5, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk met with the Prime Minister (Grand Chancellor) of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta Albrecht von Boeselager, who is paying a working visit to Ukraine for the first time.
"Ukraine deeply appreciates the humanitarian mission, which is carried out by the Sovereign Order of Malta in many countries of the world. We treat with peculiar gratitude the support the Ukrainian citizens felt during the Revolution of Dignity. It is of extreme importance the humanitarian assistance rendered by members of the Sovereign Order to our citizens who had to flee their homes as a result of the Russian aggression", said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Albrecht von Boeselager, who had arrived in Ukraine to commend the fruitful cooperation of both parties for over two decades, assured the Head of the Ukrainian Government of readiness to provide future assistance to our citizens on a wide range of humanitarian needs: "Our role in the world is first and foremost a humanitarian diplomacy, Ukraine can count on our support and assistance."
During the meeting the interlocutors discussed a range of issues of further cooperation, current projects and plans to develop the contractual legal basis of the relations.
As is known, the Order of Malta (the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta) is known as one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. It is a lay religious order of the Catholic Church, a subject of international law, has its own Constitution, citizenship, and government institutions. The order has diplomatic relations with over 100 states. Official relations with exchange of ambassadors between Ukraine and the Order of Malta were established on 9 February 2008.