Zelensky informs European Commission president about preparations for Normandy Four summit

Zelensky informs European Commission president about preparations for Normandy Four summit

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had a phone conversation with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday, the president’s press service has reported.

The head of state congratulated the leader of the European Commission on the beginning of the work of the new composition of the European Commission and wished success in the implementation of the identified priorities.

"I hope that the leading role of the European Union in supporting reforms and protecting Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty will be strengthened under your presidency," he said, according to the report.

Zelensky assured the European Commission president that the European integration course of the country remained unchanged and informed of the results of intensification of reforms in Ukraine and implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU.

The leaders agreed to continue the implementation of the agreements reached during the 21st EU-Ukraine Summit. They discussed, in particular, the prospects of concluding an agreement between Ukraine and the European Union on the so-called industrial visa waiver and the visit of the respective evaluation mission to Ukraine early next year.

Ursula von der Leyen confirmed the EU’s willingness to further support Ukraine in the process of reforms and cooperate in the context of the provision of macro-financial aid to the country.

In addition, the presidents discussed the security situation in Donbas.

Zelensky informed the European Commission president about the preparations for a meeting in the Normandy format.

Ursula von der Leyen assured that the EU would continue its unconditional support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"The EU sanctions will remain linked to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements and should be extended during the next European Council meeting," she said.

The leaders agreed on a schedule of political dialogue and priorities for bilateral cooperation in the coming months. Volodymyr Zelensky invited Ursula von der Leyen to visit Ukraine in the near future.

As reported, a new composition of the European Commission was approved in Strasbourg on November 27. Ursula von der Leyen replaced Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission.


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