Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressed the European People’s Party (EPP) conference in Bucharest on Thursday, a day after he met with Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky in the port city of Odessa during an unannounced visit where an explosion near a motorcade carrying Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky took place close to the vicinity of the Greek delegation.

Referring to the attack in Odessa during his visit to the city, the PM sent a firm message to the Kremlin, stating, “I believe we all have a message for the Kremlin: we will not be intimidated. We will continue to support Ukraine”.

Initially, the Greek Prime Minister emphasized, “We must be very proud of what we have achieved in the last 5 years. It was not given, it took a lot of effort to bring Europe to where it is today.” He congratulated Ursula von der Leyen for her contribution to this success and her leadership during extremely difficult times, including the pandemic, Russia’s aggression, and the energy crisis.

PM Mitsotakis also lauded the establishment of the Recovery Fund, assuring its usage for digital transformation, green transition, and social cohesion in Greece.

In closing, he reiterated solidarity with Ukraine and emphasized the European People’s Party’s role in bolstering the economy and competitiveness in Europe, asserting the necessity of its active involvement in shaping the continent’s future.