On 22 September, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, visited Ukraine.
He met with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Defence Minister, Taran Andrii and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba. At the press conference that followed, Borrell said that these meetings were “very long and interesting”.
“The message that I passed on to all of them is clear: the European Union stands by Ukraine and its people,” Borrell stressed. “We are the strongest and the most reliable partner of Ukraine and we will continue to support the reform process, [Ukraine’s] sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
“We have with Ukraine the most comprehensive association agreement and Ukraine is the country that receives the most European financial support,” he added. “We are very much committed to the future of Ukraine as a free and prosperous country.”
Borrell said he will be back in the country on Saturday with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, to visit the eastern part of the country “in order to have a clear understanding of the big problem that Ukraine has on its border”.
The latest visit focused on specific issues regarding cooperation, including the response to COVID-19 and the EU’s readiness to provide assistance to address the economic fallout and humanitarian crisis caused by the pandemic.
Borrell reiterated the EU’s support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity but stated that it will not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea.
He will also meet with members of civil society and the Ukrainian parliament to discuss anti-corruption developments in Ukraine. In light of the EU's unprecedented support package to Ukraine to support its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including EU-funded personal protective equipment, High Representative Borrell will also pay a visit to the Kyiv Regional Laboratory.
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