Donald Tusk after meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine: “I am proud to have been able to cooperate with you in a spirit of common interests and values”

08-07-2019
Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 8 July, the 21st bilateral EU-Ukraine summit is taking place in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

Before the event started, European Council President Donald Tusk met with Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman.

“This is probably my last visit to Ukraine as head of the European Council,” he said. “I am proud to have been able to cooperate with you in a spirit of common interests and values. I will remain your friend and ally no matter where the future may take me.”

“Over the years I have tried to support Ukraine in Europe and Europe in Ukraine,” he added. “Your courage and determination have won the respect and recognition of many Europeans, and today there are more and more allies to the Ukrainian cause among them.”

“I have done my best to speed up the process of Ukraine’s integration with the rest of Europe,” stressed Tusk. “Not everything worked out; I was not always as successful as I wanted to be.”

“There are some in Brussels who branded me a pro-Ukraine maniac. They often said it right to my face. To be honest, I’m very proud of that epithet,” concluded the European Council President.

(Remarks delivered in Ukrainian)

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