World Leaders Congratulate Zelenskyi
Several world leaders also thanked outgoing President Petro Poroshenko for his five years of service
Polish president Andrzej Duda was one of the first to congratulate Zelenskyi. Duda invited Zelenskyi to Poland and posted his well-wishes on Twitter.
“I wish you success in your service to the Ukrainian people and personal well-being. I hope that your presidency will help strengthen Ukraine’s role in the region and improve Polish-Ukrainian relations, Duda said.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wrote his tribute in Ukrainian.
“I am convinced that in this position you, Volodymyr Oleksiyovych, will make every effort for the friendly relations between Armenia and Ukraine to reach a new level and serve our people! I wish you success!” he said.
President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, also congratulated Zelenskyi.
“A decisive day for Ukraine. Free elections and peaceful change of power equal strong Ukrainian democracy. Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelensky. The EU is determined to continue its support,” he said.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wrote a Twitter post, expressing hope for continued cooperation with the new Ukrainian president
“Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelensky on winning Ukraine’s presidential elections. Ukraine is a valued NATO partner & we look forward to continuing our cooperation,” he said.
United States President Doland Trump also promised to continue supporting Ukraine. According to the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine negotiations, Kurt Volker, Trump congratulated Zelensky via a telephone call.
The American diplomat stated the U.S. is also grateful to incumbent president Petro Poroshenko, praising his leadership over the last five years.
“We commend Petro Poroshenko for his courage in leading Ukraine through a tremendously difficult time and for his commitment to the democratic institutions of Ukraine and for accepting the will of the Ukrainian people,” Volker wrote.
British Prime Minister Theresa May also extended her congratulations, adding that “the UK is steadfast in its support for Ukrainian sovereignty.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, the Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek, and Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz have also congratulated Volodymyr Zelenskyi.
European leaders called on him to continue reforming the country and moving towards Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration.