Denmark to be first Nordic country to reopen Kyiv embassy

“It is a very strong symbol of Danish support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people that we today reopen the doors of the Danish embassy”, said Kofod. [EPA-EFE/UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE]

Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod visited Kyiv on Monday to reopen Denmark’s embassy in Kyiv, making Denmark the first Nordic country to do so.

“It is a very strong symbol of Danish support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people that we today reopen the doors of the Danish embassy”, said Kofod.

The foreign minister’s visit comes two weeks after Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen visited Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Kofod explained that the embassy would promote relations between Denmark and Ukraine and help both Danes and Ukrainians in the difficult situation that has arisen since Russia began its attack in late February.

More than 20 embassies have already been reopened in Ukraine. Among others, the EU opened its representation in early April. Britain, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands followed, and on Sunday, the South Korean ambassador returned to the capital.

Denmark’s ambassador to Ukraine, Ole Egberg Mikkelsen, has returned to Kyiv.

“Things are under control. Security is in order. It feels safe in every way to be here”, he told the Ritzau agency.

A small staff will initially run the embassy, but the plan is to increase staffing to normal levels in the long term. Among other things, the embassy will help with Danish aid to Ukraine.

However, the embassy’s reopening does not mean the foreign ministry will change the travel instructions for Ukraine.

“The security situation in Ukraine is still very serious, so today’s event should not lead anyone to believe that we are approaching normality and that Danes can now travel to Ukraine again. We still advise against all travel to the country,” Kofod said.

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