Volodymyr Zelenskyy: Ukraine’s goals in Donbass are liberation exclusively by political and diplomatic means

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: Ukraine's goals in Donbass are liberation exclusively by political and diplomatic means

In Brussels, the presidents of Ukraine and Poland discussed energy security and the preservation of the strategic role of the Ukrainian GTS

KIEV – The goals of Ukraine in the east of the country are unchanged – the liberation of Donbass exclusively by political and diplomatic means. This was stated on June 4 by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy following a meeting with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

“Our goal remains unchanged – the liberation of Donbass exclusively by political and diplomatic means,” the President of Ukraine said, noting the importance of continuing and strengthening the European Union’s sanctions policy towards Russia..

According to the press service of the leader of the Ukrainian state, the meeting took place as part of the working visit of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the EU institution..

The report notes that the negotiations, during which a wide range of issues of interaction between Ukraine and the European Union were discussed, showed the mutual interest of the parties in the further development of cooperation in all areas of mutual interest..

“The President of Ukraine emphasized the invariability of the priorities enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine, first of all, the strategic course of the state to acquire full membership in the EU and NATO, as well as Ukraine’s readiness to adhere to its obligations, in particular in relations with international financial institutions,” the press release says. -services of the President of Ukraine.

For his part, Jean-Claude Juncker assured Volodymyr Zelenskyy of the full support of the European Union for Ukraine in the implementation of its European integration choice on the path of democratic and market transformations..

The parties expressed interest in holding the 21st Ukraine-EU summit in Kiev, July 8, 2019.

Following a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told reporters at a briefing that “Poland is a long-term and devoted friend of Ukraine in the European Union, a staunch supporter of a European perspective for Ukraine.”.

“We must preserve our unity so that our common voice is heard and taken into account in the pan-European context. We have a common understanding of the depth of the threats that Russia poses for all of Europe, and together we are fighting for the EU to remain united and solidary with Ukraine in the fight against aggression, ”Volodymyr Zelenskyy said..

According to the President of Ukraine, another important area of ​​cooperation between Ukraine and Poland at the European level is the issue of energy security, preservation of the strategic role of the Ukrainian GTS and counteraction to Nord Stream 2.

“I am determined to perceive the process of reconciliation and prevent the dominance of the topic of difficult moments in the history of Ukrainian-Polish relations on the agenda of the strategic partnership between Ukraine and Poland,” added President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

He noted that he gratefully accepted the invitation of the President of Poland to visit Warsaw on the anniversary of the outbreak of World War II..

President of Poland Andrzej Duda noted that this is the first meeting with the current President of Ukraine, and expressed the hope that through joint efforts it would be possible to achieve many achievements for the two peoples.

“Ukraine is our good neighbor, and we are going to develop our relations in a mutually beneficial, best way. Ukraine is a large country with significant potential. We want to help it develop, ”said the President of Poland, adding that the level of bilateral trade is quite high and there are prospects for its increase..

Recall that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits Brussels on June 4-5 on his first foreign visit. He held meetings with European officials, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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