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Georgia ready to assist Ukraine

By Tatia Megeneishvili
Wednesday, April 29
Georgia’s Minister of Health, Labour and Social Affairs Davit Sergeenko expressed readiness to assist Ukraine to continue cooperation in terms of providing humanitarian assistance, be it medical supplies or hosting injured.

Sergeenko made this statement on April 27, while meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Alexander Kvitashvili, who held the same post in Georgia in 2008-2010.

“We are ready to send medical products or host injured Ukrainian soldiers and children in Georgian resorts,” stated Sergeenko.

“We met and spoke about the ways of assistance Georgia can offer to Ukraine. Since Ukraine currently has a very bad situation, any kind of assistance is important for the Ukrainian people. At the moment Sergeenko promised us vaccinations,” stated Kvitashvili.

Sergeenko is in Kiev for participation in the International Support for Ukraine Conference on April 28.

Georgia has already assisted Ukraine by sending 12 tons of humanitarian aid, mainly medical supplies, to Ukraine in September 2014. In the same month, Georgia hosted 110 children from war-torn areas of eastern Ukraine in Anaklia on the Black Sea coast.

The Ukrainian Healthcare Ministry described the meeting of the two ministers as unique, mentioning that Kvitashvili is native of Georgia and Sergeenko has an ethnic Ukrainian background in a press release on its website.

Kvitashvili, who is one of those several former Georgian officials invited to serve in the Ukrainian government, thanked Georgia for its humanitarian support last year, which made Georgia in the list of top five donors of humanitarian aid to Ukraine.