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Volodymyr Groysman and Donald Tusk discussed progress of the Ukrainian Government in pursuing reforms and the rapprochement between Ukraine and the EU
29.09.2016 | 11:04

On Thursday Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman held a meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk. The sides discussed acute issues of the cooperation agenda between Ukraine and the European Union, in particular the introduction of a visa-free regime, the ratification of the Association Agreement and joint efforts to counter Russian aggression.

Volodymyr Groysman noted that Ukraine expects the decision of the European Union on visa liberalisation. In turn, Ukraine has fulfilled all the necessary requirements, he stressed.

The Prime Minister also noted the importance of the ratification of the Association Agreement with the European Union to be completed. "We believe that the European Union will find the correct decision to implement this issue", he said.

The Prime Minister told his interlocutor that the Government had managed to restore cooperation with the International Monetary Fund. Also a policy of conducting necessary reforms in the country prolongs.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk recognized the endeavors of the Government and the achievements in the process of introducing changes within the country.

The European Union will continue to support Ukraine to confront the Russian aggression, he said.

"We and my colleagues in Europe will continue our discussion how to help Ukraine to implement the Minsk agreement in order to achieve the ceasefire, and, I hope, peace. That’s also my role in Europe to explain every day that there is no symmetry between Ukraine and Russia when it comes to the Minsk implementation process because one side is the aggressor and the second one is the victim. There is no political equllibrium", stressed Donald Tusk.

The parties also touched upon the issue of further sanctions against the Russian Federation. In this context, Volodymyr Groysman called on all democratic countries to a consolidated position.

The Prime Minister also thanked Donald Tusk and the European Union for overall support of Ukraine, particularly in defending its territorial integrity.


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