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Josep Borrell: “EU Supports Ukraine’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity”

Kuleba Borel in meeting

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba.

The parties agreed on a wide range of issues before the 22nd EU-Ukraine Summit which is to take place on 1 October in Brussels.

“We have a very intensive, dynamic dialogue with the European Union, and the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU is a guide to our reforms,” he said.

Ukraine adheres to the reform agenda. “We are interested in the functioning of an independent, anti-corruption infrastructure in Ukraine and will continue economic reforms that promote the gradual integration of the Ukrainian economy into the Internal Market of the European Union,” Kuleba stated.

The High Representative expressed support for the reforms program in Ukraine aimed at implementing our country’s European integration course. He also reaffirmed the European partners’ readiness to continue providing humanitarian aid to the eastern regions of our country under a pandemic.

“We are not doing this for charity or as a non-governmental organisation, because the EU is a political institution. Our common interest is that helping Ukraine, we help ourselves. We are interested very much in a prosperous, democratic, and stable Ukraine,” Josep Borel said.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs thanked the EU for supporting the efforts of the Government of Ukraine to counter COVID-19 and strengthen the capacity of the Ukrainian medical system in the fight against the pandemic. The parties agreed on further solidarity, in particular, on access to the future vaccine.

The EU steadfastly supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, while the EU’s policy towards Russia remains unchanged. The EU’s sanctions policy against Russia will be in force until Moscow fully fulfils its commitments under the Minsk agreements.

The Ukrainian side presented the new initiatives on the Crimea de-occupation, in particular, a new international consultative format “Crimean Platform.”. The parties discussed ways of supporting this initiative by international partners.

Natalia Tolub

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