The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson signed an Agreement on Political Cooperation, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership between Ukraine and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

This was reported by the Press Service of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

“Today is a historic day for Ukraine and the United Kingdom. We are starting a new stage of strategic partnership between our countries,” Zelensky said.

The document introduces strategic partnership relations and establishes the main areas of cooperation between the two countries.

The enshrinement of the general political principles of bilateral cooperation and partnership in the new Agreement is of strategic and practical importance, as there is no basic agreement on friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

The document provides holding the annual meetings of the Strategic Partnership Dialogue at a high official or highest governmental level in all aspects of bilateral cooperation. It is also planned to hold meetings of the Trade Committee, which will include representatives of the parties.

In addition, during the meeting between Zelensky and Johnson, the President of Ukraine acquainted the British Prime Minister with the policy of the security situation in Donbas and thanked him for supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The interlocutors stressed the importance of joint action in overcoming the serious challenges facing the world today, namely the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the global climate crisis. According to Johnson, the United Kingdom has the opinion that each state should receive a vaccine when the drug is developed. At the same time, Zelensky noted that Ukraine has the capacity for mass production and is waiting for a vaccine.

Bohdan Marusyak

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