President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a meeting with Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans, who arrived in Kyiv for a visit.
The Head of State expressed gratitude for the significant support of Ukraine by the European Commission and noted personal efforts of Frans Timmermans.
The interlocutors discussed a range of topical issues of bilateral agenda, particularly in the context of preparation for the EU-Ukraine Summit scheduled for February 3 in Ukraine.
The President informed the European official about the state of the energy system of Ukraine that regularly suffers from targeted missile strikes by Russia and about the assistance necessary for our country to get through the winter.
“Today, as we are defending our energy sector together with the European Union, both Charles Michel, Ursula von der Leyen and EU leaders help us, in particular by providing much-needed generators and transformers,” the Head of State said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized that during the reconstruction, Ukraine will focus on the implementation of "green" projects and is ready to become one of the European hubs of modern "green" energy. The President also thanked for the initiative to launch a strategic partnership between Ukraine and the EU in the field of renewable gasses.
"We have to decide what the generation in Ukraine should be, what the independent energy generation in Europe should be in the future. Because we will win this war, but the neighborhood with Russia will remain. That is why the European Union must be independent of any decisions of the Russian Federation. Here, we see ourselves as a reliable partner in the "green" energy," the Head of State noted.
The parties stressed the importance of further strengthening sanctions pressure on Russia, particularly in the energy sector.