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President of Ukraine and the Vice-President of the European Commission: There is no fatigue in the EU from Ukraine

12 March 2018 - 15:09

President of Ukraine and the Vice-President of the European Commission: There is no fatigue in the EU from Ukraine

Vice-President of the European Commission - High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini noted that there was no fatigue in the EU from Ukraine, from the issue of the Donbas.

“I do not see any fatigue in the EU. I think the unanimous decision of the EU to extend sanctions and the decisions on the financial assistance confirm that. Moreover, we see the results. These results are demanded by people,” Federica Mogherini said.

She emphasized that she saw an unrestrained desire for reforms and changes in young Ukrainians: "This is the engine of institutional work. We are here to help, share experience. We believe this is an investment in our common European continent".

“We are also not tired from the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Obviously, there is a certain frustration due to the lack of progress, but we are determined to do more,” she said.

According to her, the discussion of the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas is continued to ensure maximum efficiency of every step on the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements.

Besides, the Vice-President of the European Commission noted that the conditions of the financial aid would be discussed. “Of course, the elements of the previous packages of aid might be relevant for the future ones. We are planning that the first tranche will take place by the end of this year. We pay a lot of attention to the anticorruption efforts in Ukraine,” Federica Mogherini noted.

President Petro Poroshenko noted that the parties had agreed to extend macro-financial aid for 2018 in the Eastern Partnership Summit. “The decision of the European Commission confirms that we keep the words,” he stressed.

According to him, certain assistance had already been allocated by the European Commission. He expressed hope that this would be supported by the EU Council and the European Parliament. The President also noted that in this situation, this would be a strong motivation to continue the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. All reforms are carried out in the interests of Ukraine," he added.

"This is a demonstration of trust relations, a demonstration of priority relations," he stressed.

"And there is no fatigue from Ukraine in the European Union. Today, we have a visit of the Vice-President of the European Commission. We agreed on the continuation of sanctions against Russia in support of the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine," Petro Poroshenko informed.

According to him, it was also agreed to increase humanitarian aid for internally displaced persons and advisory assistance in various sectors, in particular energy efficiency and the fight against corruption.

"This shows how high Ukraine remains among the priorities of the European Union. We are very glad that such a level of solidarity with Ukraine exists, such unity with regard to Ukraine,  security of Ukraine. It is also about the security of the European Union," Petro Poroshenko noted.

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Meeting with the Vice-President of the European Commission

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