Donald Tusk after meeting President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy: “The fact that you’re visiting the capital of the European Union […] is a strong and important signal”

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Photo: European Union

On 5 June, President of the European Council Donald Tusk welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Brussels during his first visit abroad since taking office.

“The fact that you're visiting the capital of the European Union and the headquarters of NATO on your first foreign trip is a strong and important signal,” said Tusk in his remarks.

“In our meeting today, I re-stated the EU's support to Ukraine and its people, who have made great progress in reforming their country since the Revolution of Dignity five years ago,” Tusk added.

“The EU will always be determined to help Ukraine strengthen its democracy and the rule of law, fight corruption, stabilise its economy and pursue energy sector reforms. Because a strong and democratic Ukraine is in the best interest of the European Union.”

Tusk added that the EU is ready to continue work on the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: “This has already brought many positive results in trade and investments, which benefit our people, on both sides.”

“The EU will also maintain its financial support for economic stabilisation, despite Russian aggression and the war in Donbas,” Tusk highlighted, adding that during his meeting with President Zelenskyy they discussed the ongoing threats to the security of the country and that the EU will “remain committed to Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity”.

“We condemn the Russian decrees on granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainians in Donbas or of Crimean origin,” highlighted the President of the European Council. “This goes against the Minsk agreements.”

The two Presidents also discussed the next EU-Ukraine summit, which will set the priorities for the relations between the two partners in the year ahead.

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