Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Ihor Zhovkva had a phone conversation with Director of the Diplomatic Directorate of the Office of the President of Hungary Krzysztof Altus.
Ihor Zhovkva informed the Hungarian official in detail about the situation on the battlefield, regular missile attacks on civilian objects throughout the territory of Ukraine, as well as gross violations of international humanitarian law by Russian troops in the temporarily occupied territories. Particular attention was paid to the threats that arose as a result of enemy shelling of the captured Zaporizhzhia NPP.
The Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine expressed gratitude to Hungary for the humanitarian aid provided, as well as for the support provided to temporarily displaced Ukrainians who found refuge in this country. He also emphasized the importance of Hungary's involvement in the implementation of the initiative of the Head of the Ukrainian State to rebuild the affected regions and cities of Ukraine.
Ihor Zhovkva noted the importance of further increasing sanctions pressure on Russia. He thanked Hungary for supporting the seven sanctions packages introduced by the European Union, and expressed hope for the preservation of EU’s unity in the issue of sanctions. Particular emphasis was placed on the importance of stopping issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens by the European Union countries.
The parties also discussed the priorities in the relations between Ukraine and the European Union after our country acquired the status of a candidate country for EU membership. Ihor Zhovkva noted the ongoing process of our country's implementation of the European Commission's recommendations, which should pave the way for the start of accession negotiations.
"Ukraine is grateful to Hungary for consistent support of our country's European integration aspirations," he emphasized.
The interlocutors also paid special attention to the preparation for the online summit of the Crimea Platform, scheduled for August 23. Ihor Zhovkva emphasized the importance of Hungary's participation in this event at the highest level.