The European Union hopes that Russia will support Ukraine’s efforts, will fulfill the Minsk agreements and exert its influence on illegal armed groups to establish peace in the Donbas. This was stated by EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Josep Borrell at the meeting with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Megalam July 23, said the European external action service.
“Borrell praised the efforts of President Vladimir Zelensky on implementation of the Minsk agreements, and reiterated full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine from the EU. He welcomed the agreement on additional measures on cease-fire from July 27 to […] and stressed the need for progress in the implementation of the measures agreed in the Paris summit of the “Normandy Quartet” in December of 2019″, – stated in the message.
The head of the European foreign Minister also stressed that the EU sanctions against Russia will remain in force until the full implementation of the Minsk agreements.
In addition, Borrell and Smigel discussed reforms in Ukraine. The European official assured that Brussels is ready to continue to support Ukraine in this direction, pointing to the need for reform in the judicial system, Prosecutor’s office and the security sector.
The European external action service noted that Borrell raised the question of dismissal of “reform-minded officials.” Speech, in particular, was the resignation of Ruslan Riaboshapka as Prosecutor General and Yakov Smoliy – from the post of Chairman of the national Bank.
In the evening of 22 July, the Office of the President of Ukraine said that the trilateral contact group during the videoconference agreed on a full and comprehensive ceasefire in the Donbass from midnight on July 27. “Compliance with full and comprehensive ceasefire in case it is observed by the other party, is the basic prerequisite for the implementation of the Minsk agreements and opens the way for implementation of other provisions of those agreements”, – emphasized in the message of the OP.