EU high representative Josep Borrell supported the efforts of President Zelensky in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, and welcomed the efforts of the Trilateral contact group to establish a ceasefire in the Donbass.
An appropriate message published on the website of the European external action Service following the meeting, Borrell with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Megalam.
“EU high Representative/Vice-President of the Commission welcomed the efforts of President Zelensky in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, and reiterated full EU support of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. He welcomed recent decisions taken during the Tripartite meeting of the contact group on additional measures for the ceasefire of July 27, which aims to ensure broad, sustainable and unlimited ceasefire, and stressed the need for progress in implementation of measures agreed in the Normandy format during the summit in Paris in December of 2019″, – stated in the message.
As noted, the EU’s High representative also reiterated the EU’s expectations regarding the reciprocity on the part of Russia in support of Ukraine’s efforts in the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, as well as the fact that Russia uses its influence on the armed groups supported. EU high representative confirmed that sanctions against Russian Federation continue to apply.
The report said that Josep Borrell and Denis Shmyhal also exchanged views on reforms in Ukraine. EU high Representative noted the EU’s willingness to continue supporting Ukraine’s efforts to implement reforms and stressed the need to continue the efforts of the Ukrainian authorities in the reform of the judiciary, prosecutors and security sector.
He raised the issue regarding the resignation of reform-minded officials from the power structures of Ukraine, in particular, the attorney General and the President of the National Bank of Ukraine, and also about the potential negative impact of these developments on the agenda of reforms.
EU high Representative welcomed the willingness of the Government of Ukraine to continue the intensive efforts in the area of reforms envisaged in the Association Agreement EU-Ukraine.
According to the report, the parties also discussed the harm that was caused to Ukraine by a coronavirus, and a strong demonstration of solidarity between the EU and Ukraine since the beginning of the pandemic.
“The European Union, which mobilized a rescue package of Euro 190 million and 1.2 billion euros macro-financial assistance is and will remain the largest and most reliable partner of Ukraine in response to immediate, long term and structural harm caused by the pandemic,” reads the message.