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Prime Minister and German Federal President Joachim Gauck discussed visa liberalization for Ukraine and Minsk agreements implementation
27.06.2016 | 19:59
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

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 Ukraine.

The Prime 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 emphasized.

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.

"I would 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.

Separately, the 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.

The Prime 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.


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