President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. had declared during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday that the Philippine is supportive of Ukraine’s effort in their commitment to a “peaceful resolution” with their ongoing conflict with Russia.
“I had the pleasure of talking to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy yesterday (Monday),” Marcos said in his official Twitter account.
The chief executive also expressed admiration for the nationalism shown by Ukrainians.
“I told him that we in the Philippines are watching with admiration, the bravery and the nationalism that has been displayed by the Ukrainians during this crisis and that we join in his effort to reach a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict in his country. Mr. President, we are with you in your search for peace,” he said.
Reports said that that Ukrainian president had been seeking for a conversation with Marcos, as he was quick to tweet in his social media account of the phone conversation.
“Had the first phone call in the history of bilateral relations with President of the Philippines @bongbongmarcos,” he said in his account.
“Thanked him for supporting sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We discussed further deepening of cooperation, in particular on international platforms,” he added.
Earlier, Ukrainian Charges D’Affaires of the Embassy of Ukraine in Malaysia Denys Mykhailiuk said that they are working of measures to have the two leaders engage in a conversation after Marcos assumed presidency on June 2022.
Marcos clarified that he did not snub Zelenskyy and that he was always willing to talk with him.
Mykhailiuk then apologized to his Philippine counterparts for the “misunderstanding.”
In November last year, Marcos described the Russia-Ukraine war as “unacceptable” and reiterated his call for both nations to end the conflict diplomatically.
CurrentPH News Service