Winston Peters 'underscored' support for Ukraine in meeting with Kyiv counterpart

The Government has pledged its ongoing support for Ukraine during a meeting between Winston Peters and a prominent Kyiv official. 

Peters, New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister, met with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in Belgium overnight. 

He "underscored New Zealand's steadfast support for both Ukraine’s self-defence and ongoing efforts to build global support for a just peace", a post on his official X page said. 

"I met with New Zealand's Foreign Minister @Winston Peters and expressed gratitude for all of the support provided since the start of the full-scale war," Kuleba said in a separate statement. 

Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, something many Western countries have been helping Kyiv to counter through the supply of weapons and aid. 

Ukraine was given another $7 million in humanitarian assistance from New Zealand in February. 

Before the meeting with Kuleba, Peters also met with EU MPs and the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 

Peters also held talks with Poland Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski in Warsaw earlier this week. 

"The two ministers also discussed Russia's invasion of Ukraine, exchanged views on current security challenges in Europe, the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific, as well as opportunities for economic cooperation," Peters' office said of the Poland visit. "Poland is one of our closest partners in central and eastern Europe, with whom we share many values and strategic interests," added Peters.