for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin had talks with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of
the Kingdom of Sweden Margot Wallström
who has paid working visit to Ukraine on November, 28, 2016.
The main topics of the meeting were the
implementation of the Minsk agreements, security situation in Donbas, including
preparation for tomorrow's "Normandy Four" meeting in Minsk at the
level of Foreign Ministers. The particular attention was focused on the issues
that have to be settled as priority but remain blocked by the Russian side and
its proxies, such as a sustainable cease-fire, access of OSCE special
monitoring mission to the whole territory of certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and uncontrolled part of Ukrainian-Russian
border, releasing of Ukrainian hostages and political prisoners.
In this regard M. Wallström
stressed the need to keep the unity within the EU, including the extension of
sanctions against Russia up to full implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Ministers also noted the importance to finalize
the ratification process of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The head of
Swedish Foreign Ministry highly praised the efforts of the Government of
Ukraine to carry out systemic reforms, while stressing the need to maintain the
pace of their implementation. The senior Swedish diplomat particularly
underlined the need to fulfill the EU’s commitments with regard to Ukraine to
justify expectations of civil society in our country.
The Ministers also exchanged views on prospects
for future development of the "Eastern Partnership" initiative, in
particular in the areas of energy security and people-to-people contacts.
In conclusion Minister Klimkin
expressed his sincere gratitude for unwavering strong stance of Sweden in
support for our country and technical and financial assistance provided by