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​President Petro Poroshenko introduced new head of the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine Vasyl Burba to the staff. “I have no doubt that this appointment will give a new impetus to the activity of military intelligence of Ukraine,” Petro Poroshenko said.

“I am confident that the documents on granting the visa-free regime for Ukraine will be signed and ratified by the European Parliament. I have no doubt about that. I can even say by what date this will have taken place - by November 24. Because on November 24, the Ukraine-EU Summit will take place and we agreed that the documents will be ready for that Summit,” the Head of State noted in the interview with Ukrainian TV channels.

President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes once again that local elections in the occupied districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions will be preceded by the fulfillment of all security conditions of the Minsk agreements. “Everyone can criticize Minsk, but nobody offers an alternative, except for leaving these territories forever for the aggressor. As President and guarantor of the Constitution and territorial integrity of Ukraine, I will not let anyone throw Ukrainian lands around. This is related both to Donbas and Crimea,” the President noted.

During the interview with Ukrainian TV channels, President Petro Poroshenko noted that in the course of the negotiations in the Normandy format held in Berlin on October 19, the parties agreed to elaborate a “roadmap” of implementation of the Minsk agreements by the end of November. “Otherwise, at the European Council’s session in December, the EU leadership will have every reason to continue and enhance sanctions. We, as Ukrainian side, put forward clear proposal to continue sanctions not for half a year, but for the whole 2017. This issue is now being discussed among the EU member-states,” the President said.

President Petro Poroshenko has been reaffirmed of the unwavering support of Ukraine by the EU in the course of the intensive meetings with the EU leaders.

“I am grateful to NATO for supporting and developing our defense capacity, as well as for reformation, consultative and technical assistance in the development of our security and defense sector. It is very important for us and we are content with the level of our cooperation,” the Head of State noted.

President Petro Poroshenko discussed the issue of settlement of the situation in Donbas and implementation of the Minsk agreements with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The Head of State informed on yesterday’s meeting in the Normandy format held in Berlin. The parties once again confirmed the importance of preserving sanctions against Russia until full restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Petro Poroshenko congratulated Andrej Plenković on the appointment and thanked for the efforts of the Croatian diplomat during his previous office in the European Parliament. The President expressed hope that Andrej Plenković would remain a true friend of Ukraine and continue to provide diplomatic support to our country as Prime Minister.

The parties shared views on a wide range of bilateral issues and agreed to intensify political dialogue at all levels. The Head of State expressed gratitude to the Government of Hungary for the provision of humanitarian aid for Ukraine in the amount of USD 3.6 million and treatment of Ukrainian servicemen wounded in the ATO area.