Ukraine is grateful to Germany for its support in defending territorial integrity and sovereignty, in particular in the framework of international organizations, as stated by President Petro Poroshenko.
"I would like to express my gratitude to Mrs. Chancellor for a very powerful signal expressed at the G7 summit following the meeting in France a few days ago that the Russian Federation bears the main responsibility for the events in Donbas. And this is a common opinion of the G7 countries," the Head of State noted during the joint press conference with Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel.
It is very important that sanctions are firmly related to the full implementation by the Russian Federation of its obligations under the Minsk agreements, Petro Poroshenko once again emphasized. "They can be strengthened if Russia does not fulfill its obligations. I emphasize that sanctions are absolutely necessary. They give results, and today the result is a reduction in the funding of fighters, mercenaries, who, along with Russian troops, take part in the occupation of the east Ukraine," he said.
"The tried-and-tested mechanism works. The imposed sanctions are effective," he said.
"I remind those who do not understand, unfortunately there are those who do not understand, that the sanctions of the international community are the result of the aggressive policy of Russia. And this is a mechanism for inviting the Russian Federation to implement the Minsk agreements under which there is a signature of President Putin," the Head of State added.
He noted that despite the election campaign, external challenges are not going away "and the Russian aggressor would like to bracket Ukraine out already on April 22". "As President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, I will do my best to ensure that this scenario does not happen. We are all struggling for the return of peace to the Ukrainian land,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The President also noted that despite the efforts to establish peace, we are now forced to announce losses. That's why he called the introduction of the Easter ceasefire regime important, which was discussed during today's talks with Angela Merkel. "I am very grateful to Mrs. Chancellor that in the course of today's discussion, we supported the Easter ceasefire, which should come into force on April 18, subject to its implementation by the Russian Federation," he said.
The Head of State also noted that in the last five years Ukraine had faced difficult times and Germany had always supported Ukraine. "I can firmly emphasize that the role of Mrs. Chancellor in ensuring the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine is difficult to overestimate. We could always rely on Germany's position as a reliable and strategic partner. There is a clear awareness that without Ukraine's security there cannot be Europe's security," he stated.
"With the support of the world, we continue to hold back the aggressor. We bandaged the wound of the war, but at the same time it is very important that we did not allow the Russian troops to advance further into the territory of Ukraine," Petro Poroshenko said.
The German Chancellor, in turn, noted that the Minsk process had always been on the agenda of negotiations with Petro Poroshenko. "We spoke today and always spoke about the Minsk process. Until today, we haven’t managed to establish a stable ceasefire regime, but we can say that we have restrained this conflict, somewhat reduced the degree of conflict and, of course, the French President has an opinion that Russia's participation in the Minsk process is important, although the result of this Minsk process is not completely satisfactory," she said.
But despite such results, Angela Merkel considers the Minsk agreements the only option that could lead to peace in Ukraine. "This is the only way we can continue to go. This is the only option I see, which can bring us benefit," the Chancellor said.