Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will attend the inauguration of Argentine President-elect Javier Milei, Kyiv announced on Saturday. Volodymyr Zelensky is "on his way to Argentina to attend the inauguration of newly elected President Javier Milei," which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, the Ukrainian presidency stressed.
Milei, a political outsider, promised to uproot Argentina's political establishment and won elections in late November. Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated him and the two leaders spoke on the phone shortly after Milei's election. The Ukrainian president then thanked Javier Milei for his "clear support for Ukraine". "Ukrainians notice and appreciate it," Volodymyr Zelensky said on X, the former Twitter.
Javier Milei's office issued a statement after the call saying he had "proposed that Argentina be the host of a summit between Ukraine and Latin America." Russia is expected to be represented at the Argentine president's inauguration ceremony by his ambassador to Argentina, Dmitry Feoktistov, Russian news agencies reported.
The Kremlin has "taken note of a number of statements made by Javier Milei during the election campaign," spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "But we will focus and judge him mainly on the statements he makes after the inauguration," Dmitry Peskov added. Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Milei on his victory, according to a Kremlin statement.
A number of other foreign leaders are expected to attend the inauguration. Spain's King Felipe, Hungary's Viktor Orban, Paraguay's Santiago Pena, Uruguay's Luis Lacalle Pou and Chile's Gabriel Boric are expected to attend.