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In the framework of the 53rd Munich Security Conference, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with Minister-President of Bavaria Horst Seehofer. Petro Poroshenko informed the Minister-President on the escalation of the security and humanitarian situation in Donbas, particularly in Avdiivka, which confirms that Russia violates the Minsk agreements.

In the framework of the working visit to Germany, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. “We have once again received a powerful signal that USA stands with Ukraine, that Ukraine is among the top priorities for the new U.S. Administration. The issue of Crimea and decisive struggle for the liberation of Crimea also remain among priorities,” Petro Poroshenko said.

“For me it is another evidence of Russian occupation and violation of international law. It is very symbolical and cynical that it happened during the Munich Security Conference,” the Head of State noted.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with Leader of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament Manfred Weber. The parties discussed ways to support Ukraine in the implementation of reforms and restoration of territorial integrity.

Petro Poroshenko informed Jens Stoltenberg about a difficult security situation in Donbas and significant escalation caused by massive shelling of Avdiivka by militants controlled by Russia. Jens Stoltenberg emphasized that NATO terminated practical cooperation with Russia and supports sanctions until fill implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia.

The parties discussed the involvement of Ukraine in regional initiatives, particularly cooperation between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Sea countries. The parties also agreed to conduct a session of the Consultative Committee of the Presidents of Ukraine and Poland shortly.

“Thanks God, the appeasement policy as regards revanchist and aggressive Russia is not in the mainstream of the Western policy. However, I hear increasingly obsessive calls for at least some degree of appeasement towards Russia’s appetites. To move in that direction would be naive, wrong and dangerous. Not only for Ukraine, but also for Europe and for the world,” Petro Poroshenko said. The President noted that it would not lead to peace, but to greater destabilization.

In the course of the panel discussion “The Future of the West: Downfall or Comeback?” at the 53rd Munich Security Conference, President Petro Poroshenko noted that the appeasement policy will not stop the aggressor and any agreement with Russia behind Ukraine is impossible and will only aggravate the situation.

In the course of the participation in the 53rd Munich Security Conference, President Petro Poroshenko had a telephone call with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.