President of Ukraine

President: Ukraine counts on Serbia’s support in the deployment of UN peacekeepers in the Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia

3 July 2018 - 14:15

President: Ukraine counts on Serbia’s support in the deployment of UN peacekeepers in the Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko thanked Serbia for supporting sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of our state, and expressed hope that the Serbian side would support the introduction of a UN peacekeeping mission in the occupied Ukrainian territories.

"We highly appreciate the absolutely firm position of supporting sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of our state. Including Crimea, which is Ukrainian. And the efforts we are making in joint coordination so that Ukrainian sovereignty resumes over all the territories occupied by Russia and peace comes to the land of Ukraine," Petro Poroshenko said during the press statement with the President of Serbia following the bilateral talks in the framework of the official visit of the Head of the Ukrainian State to the Republic of Serbia.

"We definitely count on Serbia's support for the introduction of a peacekeeping mission under the mandate of the United Nations Security Council. We are confident that the clear implementation of the Minsk agreements, including the priority of the security component, is now a non-alternative way of bringing peace to the Ukrainian land," the President of Ukraine emphasized.

Petro Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine respects territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia. "We did not recognize Kosovo and we proceed from the standpoint that the Kosovo problem should be resolved in a compromise manner, taking into account the interests of Serbia," he added.

In turn, President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić emphasized: "I want to say that, as Ukraine supports territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia, Serbia also supports territorial integrity of Ukraine. And we believe that it is very important to work seriously and responsibly to expand our ties".

The President of Serbia also emphasized the importance of respecting the Minsk agreements and noted that they should be an important link in the establishment of peace. "I am very grateful to Mr. President for supporting territorial integrity of our country," he said.