Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Ihor Zhovkva held a video conference with Foreign and European Policy Adviser to the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria Barbara Kaudel-Jensen.
Ihor Zhovkva outlined Ukraine's expectations from the Eastern Partnership Summit, which is scheduled for December 15, 2021.
"Our efforts are aimed at strengthening integration into the EU internal market and deepening the practical cooperation of the Associated Trio member states with the European Union," he said.
The interlocutors discussed in detail Ukraine's efforts aimed at recognizing the European perspective of our state. Ihor Zhovkva called on the Austrian side to join the circle of countries that have already concluded relevant bilateral declarations with Ukraine.
The Deputy Head of the Office of the President praised Austria's participation in the inaugural summit of the Crimea Platform and the determination of a contact person for permanent interaction with its office.
The parties also paid considerable attention to the latest security challenges, in particular the accumulation of Russian military units along the borders of our country, as well as the situation on the Belarusian-Polish border and its consequences for the EU and Ukraine.
Ihor Zhovkva informed his interlocutor in detail about the ways out of the energy crisis in Europe, which has been threatening European energy security and stability for the last few months, proposed by the President of Ukraine.
The measures taken by the governments of the two countries to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the first positive results of Austria's introduction of a national lockdown were also discussed.
Ihor Zhovkva and Barbara Kaudel-Jensen discussed the schedule of the bilateral dialogue, in particular the planned meetings at the highest level.