President of Ukraine

"Nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine" principle must be and will be maintained – Andriy Yermak at meeting with European journalists

11 January 2022 - 21:56

Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak met with journalists representing a number of leading European media: Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Le Figaro, L'Opinion and Radio France (France), TVN (Poland).

Yermak answered questions about the security situation in Donbas and around Ukraine's borders, and also informed the media about the course of negotiations within the Normandy format at the level of political advisers to the leaders of the member states.

The head of the President's Office is convinced that Russia's aggression against Ukraine will be a huge mistake on the part of both Russia and those countries that will allow this to happen, and will have irreversible consequences.

He said that the Ukrainian government is working every day to strengthen the Armed Forces and the state's defense capabilities and is grateful to foreign partners for the appropriate assistance.

"We have received assurances from U.S. President Joseph Biden and all our Western partners that any issues concerning our country and its security will not be discussed without its participation. And during any negotiations the "nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine" principle will be adhered to," Yermak said.

The head of the President's Office said that the United States has decided to be actively involved in the peace process to end the war in Donbas.

For its part, Ukraine is doing everything possible to revive the Normandy process and implement the agreements of the 2019 Paris Summit.

Yermak also told European journalists about the fight against corruption and de-oligarchization in Ukraine. He said that last year the first framework law, which sets limits for identifying oligarchs and limiting their influence on the state, was passed. According to him, this law does not target certain people, but should help establish uniform rules for big business and prevent its influence on political processes.