On Monday, February 22,
Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk met with Federal Minister for
Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the newly-appointed Minister of
and International Development
of France Jean-Marc Ayrault,
who are in Ukraine on a working visit.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine stressed
the importance of the visit to Ukraine of the foreign Ministers of Germany and
France in the context of further dialogue in the "Normandy format". He emphasized: "It is a very strong and clear signal that Ukraine is on the European radars”.
“Together, keeping the unity we will be able to make the
Russian Federation fully implement the Minks deal”, highlighted Arseniy
“Unity is the major thing for all of us – both unity inside
the European Union and between Ukraine and the European Union as well”, the
Head of Ukrainian Government said.
Yatsenyuk accentuated the Government expects that the EU will grant a visa free
regime with the European Union for Ukrainian citizens. He reminded that the Parliament
had passed the necessary legislation and the final report of the European
Commission contains that Ukraine had fulfilled all necessary steps required to
introduce the visa-free regime. “It will be a real and tangible result”,
emphasized the Head of Ukrainian Government.
The Prime Minister also addressed an
issue of implementation of the FTA agreement between Ukraine and
the EU, which had entered into force on January 1 this
year: "This is another mechanism to accelerate economic growth in Ukraine
and increase the volume of trade, despite the fact that Russia imposed a trade
During the conversation the
parties discussed a number of
issues associated with the implementation of the Minsk agreements. They also
considered topical issues of the internal political situation within
our country as well as the actions and plans of the Government
of Ukraine in the context of the European integration course.