On Monday, June
27, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met with German Federal President Joachim Gauck in the framework of his working visit to Germany. The
parties discussed prospects for introducing the visa-free regime for Ukraine,
the implementation of the Minsk agreements, as well as ongoing reforms in
Minister told his interlocutor that Ukraine is committed to the implementation
of the Minsk agreements, while Russia does not adhere to its commitments.
"The Minsk process is the only way to return peace in Donbas," he
According to Volodymyr Groysman, sanctions
against Russia must be kept in place until the full implementation of the Minsk
agreements, as well as the restoration of the territorial integrity and
sovereignty of Ukraine, including Crimea.
like to draw your attention to the fact that Ukrainian Crimea was a resort,
while Crimea occupied by Russia became a military base, which threatens the
whole Europe," stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
In turn, Federal
President Joachim Gauck assured the Prime Minister
that Germany fully supports the measures for the implementation of the Minsk
agreements and strongly condemns the Russia's annexation of Crimea.
negotiators paid special attention to the issue of the introduction of a
visa-free regime for Ukrainians.
Volodymyr Groysman said that Ukraine fulfilled all the requirements
set for the speedy liberalization of the EU visa regime. In turn, Joachim Gauck
said Germany supports the adoption of the relevant decision.
Minister also informed his interlocutor about the first steps undertaken by the
Government on its path of reforms, including the launch of public
privatization, competitive appointment of leadership of state enterprises,
ensuring the fight against corruption, the beginning of reforms of customs,
public service, deregulation in the pharmaceutical and energy sectors.