Although the Spanish President invited Zelenski to be at the Brussels high-level event, some Latin American leaders opposed his presence.
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky will not participate in the summit between the European Union (EU) and Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to be held in July in Brussels.
Although Spanish President Pedro Sanchez invited the Ukrainian president to be at that high-level event, some Latin American leaders opposed his presence.
"He invited me but some Latin American leaders blocked the invitation," Zelensky said during an interview with Spanish media on Friday, when he thanked Sanchez for his support in bringing Ukraine closer to Latin America.
On Friday, President Sanchez stated that European leaders have agreed on the need to "make a qualitative leap" in the relationship between the European Union and Latin America to ensure the "continuity and regularity" of the EU-CELAC summits.
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"We cannot miss this opportunity to launch a true multidimensional strategic partnership that encompasses more than just trade issues," he said after a European Council meeting.
Starting June 17, the two-day Brussels meeting will offer the possibility of establishing a “structured and permanent dialogue mechanism” to avoid eight years passing between meetings again, Sanchez said, referring to the last time the EU and CELAC met.
He also recalled that the European Union is pending the discussion and perfection of free trade agreements with Chile, Mexico, and the Common Market of the South (Mercosur).
The Ukrainian war revealed that the EU must "forge new relationships with other parts of the world and diversify its dependencies," Sanchez said, emphasizing that European countries and Latin American nations can "find many synergies."