President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a substantive and constructive talk with Federal Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz.
The Ukrainian President thanked the Chancellor for his powerful statement in support of Ukraine during a speech at the opening of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The interlocutors paid the key attention to the illegal holding of sham referenda in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and the world's reaction to it.
"Russia's recognition of these sham referenda, the implementation of the so-called Crimean scenario and another attempt to annex Ukrainian territory will mean that there is nothing to talk about with this President of Russia," the Head of State emphasized.
The Ukrainian party counts on the toughening of EU sanctions and ASAP approval of the eighth package of sanctions, which should be much more powerful and synchronized with the illegal decisions of the Russian Federation.
Bilateral defense cooperation was discussed in detail. The President noted the decisions made by Germany regarding the supply of weapons to Ukraine, the already provided defense aid, and expressed hope for its further enhancement. The expected delivery to Ukraine of the first German IRIS-T air defense system to protect Ukrainian skies from Russian missile terror was especially noted.
The Federal Chancellor of Germany praised the recent exchange of prisoners of war, which resulted in the release of 215 defenders of Ukraine from Russian captivity.
The interlocutors touched upon the issue of macro-financial support for our state in wartime conditions and the important role of Germany in this process, in particular as a country presiding in the G7. The President expressed gratitude for Germany's assistance through the UN World Food Programme in the delivery of Ukraine's humanitarian aid to Ethiopia and Somalia.
In this context, the parties agreed on the importance of proper implementation of the grain export initiative and the need for its continuation.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Olaf Scholz focused on the issue of energy security in the region.
During the discussion of the recovery of Ukraine, the Chancellor of Germany informed the President of the preparations for holding next month in Berlin the International Expert Conference on the Recovery of Ukraine as one of the activities of Germany's G7 Presidency. The Head of State expressed willingness to address the participants of the conference in an online format and informed the Chancellor of the planned participation of the Prime Minister of Ukraine in this event.