President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with Federal President of the Republic of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen.
The parties focused on measures taken in Ukraine and Austria to counter the spread of COVID-19 and enhance the protection of citizens. The interlocutors agreed that the most effective solution is vaccination, which has already begun in both countries.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy drew attention to the importance of solidarity distribution of certified vaccines. Alexander Van der Bellen reaffirmed willingness to facilitate speeding up Ukraine’s receipt of vaccines under the COVAX initiative.
"In my opinion, the most important thing is that this vaccine is effective and of high quality. The sooner Ukraine receives new batches of vaccines, the sooner vaccination will be carried out in our country," the Ukrainian President stressed.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked his Austrian counterpart for supporting Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The parties agreed that international sanctions against Russia should be maintained until the full restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
The President of Ukraine stressed the importance of keeping the attention of the world community to the development of the situation on the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea and informed the interlocutor about the Crimean Platform initiative. Volodymyr Zelenskyy invited the President of Austria and his wife to take part in the inaugural summit of the initiative, which will take place in August 2021 in Kyiv, and in the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence.