Ukraine hopes for closer ties with the EU during the German presidency in the EU Council – Kuleba

Украина надеется на сближение с ЕС во время председательства Германии в Совете ЕС - Кулеба

Ukraine is working to cooperate with Germany to continue rapprochement with the European Union. On June 2 during a press conference following the meeting with foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba, reports the correspondent of the edition “GORDON”.

“Of course, Germany is not only one of the world leaders, but a leader of Europe. And we look forward to the beginning of the German presidency of the EU Council, which will work with our German friends over the fact that Ukraine continued to approach the EU, and the EU for its part has shown great ambition and openness to rapprochement with Ukraine”, – said the Minister.

Kuleba also added that Ukraine will continue work in the format of “Eastern partnership” and looks forward to achieving ambitious results.

Eastern partnership – the EU-funded project that exists since 2009. Its goal is the development of integration ties with six former Soviet countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Three of these States – Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia – have urged Brussels to create an additional version of interactions for associated partners and announced its intention to the prospect of EU membership.

16 September 2014 the Verkhovna Rada and European Parliament simultaneously approved the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. 1 September 2017, it came into force in full. 11 June 2017 entered into force on visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU.