Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Ihor Zhovkva had a phone conversation with Head of the Department for European and Foreign Policy of the Office of the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria Barbara Kaudel-Jensen. The recent escalation on the border with Ukraine and current issues on the European agenda were among the main topics of focus during the conversation.
Barbara Kaudel-Jensen reaffirmed Austria's position in support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The interlocutors discussed the implementation of the agreements reached following the meeting of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy with Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria Sebastian Kurz in September last year during the official visit of the President of Ukraine to Austria.
The parties paid special attention to the recent military escalation along the Ukrainian border and in the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Donbas, as well as the security and humanitarian situation on the peninsula. Thanks to the clear position of our international partners, in particular Austria, we managed to avoid further aggravation of the situation in the region, stressed Ihor Zhovkva and emphasized the need to further monitor the declared withdrawal process.
The Deputy Head of the Office of the President announced the holding of the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform on August 23, 2021 in Kyiv and confirmed the invitation from Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the leadership of the Republic of Austria to take part in this international forum.
The parties also paid attention to Ukraine's European integration strategy and further steps of our state in this direction.
In addition, the parties exchanged information on the latest steps taken by the governments of both countries to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and set border crossing requirements taking into account the upcoming summer vacation period.