Head of the Presidential Administration Ihor Rainin had a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany to Ukraine Ernst Reichel.
The Head of the Presidential Administration noted that Ukraine highly appreciated the efforts of Germany in the protection of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. “We consider Germany a reliable partner who makes every possible effort to support our state, particularly in the issue of keeping sanctions against the Russian aggressor in force,” Ihor Rainin said.
The parties agreed that sanctions against Russia must remain until full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia and restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including the return of Crimea.
The Head of the Presidential Administration expressed gratitude to the German party for the assistance in treatment of the Ukrainian military wounded in the ATO area. “Many servicemen have already undergone treatment in the best hospitals of Germany. This is truly important. Ukraine and its military are grateful for that,” Ihor Rainin noted.
He emphasized that Ukraine counted on the active position of Germany in the ratification of the Association Agreement and provision of the visa-free regime for Ukrainians. “Ukraine and its people really strive for that. Our pro-European policy remains unchanged and the President has been repeatedly stated that,” Ihor Rainin said.
The Head of the Presidential Administration noted that Ukraine also counted on the enhancement of bilateral interaction with Germany in the issue of trade-economic cooperation. “Our state, respective governmental bodies, work to create favorable conditions for the foreign investors in Ukraine,” he emphasized adding that Ukraine wanted foreign business and investors to feel “maximum comfort” in Ukraine.
The German Ambassador noted that his country would remain an ally of Ukraine.
“There are no grounds for lifting or reducing sanctions, as Russia still doesn’t implement the Minsk agreements,” he said.
He expressed support in the ratification of the Association Agreement and liberalization of the visa regime for Ukraine. “We stand for the immediate ratification of the Association Agreement and liberalization of the visa regime. Ukraine has fulfilled its part. All the necessary preconditions for the respective decision have been created,” the Ambassador noted.
“We have always believed in Germany and considered it one of the main partners of Ukraine within the EU,” the Head of the Presidential Administration emphasized.