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