EU-Ukraine: Federica Mogherini and President Zelenskyy meet in Brussels to reaffirm bilateral relations and discuss future joint work

06-06-2019
Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 5 June, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, during his first visit abroad since taking office.

The High Representative congratulated President Zelenskyy on his election victory and underlined that the European Union continues to stand by Ukraine, supporting the country on its reform agenda and with respect to its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The High Representative and the President discussed the possible route forward with the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by all sides, while recalling the responsibility of Russia in this regard. They rejected the recent Russian decrees entitling, inter alia, people who permanently reside in certain areas of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as residents of the Crimean peninsula before 2014, to apply for Russian citizenship in a simplified manner.

Mogherini stressed that the EU is ready to support the implementation of the Minsk agreements with all available means. This may include the EU's help in support of President Zelenskyy's stated objective for an inclusive approach towards the Ukrainian citizens living in the non-government-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine.

They discussed the EU's socio-economic support to the Azov Sea region where the additional EU-supported actions are expected this summer. Mogherini confirmed that the EU continues to expect that Russia will immediately release the 24 detained Ukrainian servicemen and return to Ukraine's custody the three vessels.

The discussions on these issues and shared work will continue at the next EU-Ukraine Summit, which will take place in Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv on 8 July.

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