Poroshenko: Ukraine relies on Germany's support in countering Russian aggression
Ukraine relies on convergence with the European Union and Germany's support in countering Russian aggression, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said during a meeting with a delegation of the European Union Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag, led by Committee Chairman Gunther Krichbaum during the visit of parliamentarians in Ukraine, the press service of the President of Ukraine has reported.
Poroshenko expressed gratitude for the attention of the Bundestag to the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas and support for Ukraine in countering Russian aggression, restoration of territorial integrity.
The President of Ukraine stressed the importance of the policy of sanctions against the aggressor: "Sanctions are an effective mechanism that encourages Russia to fulfill the Minsk agreements," he said.
Poroshenko also welcomed the results of talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on February 1, 2016, which reaffirmed the common vision on the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the extension of sanctions. In this context, the President stressed the need to preserve the unity of the European Union.
Read alsoThreat of open war with Russia higher than last year – PoroshenkoIn turn, representatives of the German Bundestag confirmed that sanctions were "working." The head of the German delegation Gunther Krichbaum added that "Ukraine can count on the full support of Germany" and assured that the sanctions would remain in force as long as Russia did not fulfill the Minsk agreements.
During the meeting it was pointed out the crucial importance of the continuation of Ukraine's policy of implementation of a broad program of systemic reforms that will strengthen political stability, the implementation of a fair system of justice, the embodiment of effective anti-corruption policies, acceleration of economic growth and a comprehensive convergence with the European Union.
Read alsoEC to submit proposal for visa-free regime with Ukraine "very soon" – EU officialPoroshenko stressed the importance of the introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens by the European Union.
In the context of discussions on energy cooperation, Poroshenko said that Ukraine counted on the solidarity of the European Union under the Nord Stream-2 project.