Maas: Germany to support Ukraine at EU Council

Maas: Germany to support Ukraine at EU Council

During its presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of the year, Germany will continue to support Ukraine both in terms of achieving peace in Donbas and promoting economic reforms.

"I want to assure Ukraine of the support of Germany and the EU. Ukraine and the conflict in eastern Ukraine are an important topic for the EU," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told journalists after the talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Berlin on June 2, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

During its presidency of the Council of the European Union, Germany plans to promote the Eastern Partnership program, especially regarding Ukraine. This will include, in particular, help to overcome the effects of coronavirus pandemic. Cooperation with the eastern neighbors will play a special role overall.

Ukraine moves step by step on the path of reforms, Maas said and congratulated Kyiv on reaching an agreement with the IMF. This sends not only a strong political signal, but also a signal to Ukraine's international partners, in particular German business, indicating that Ukraine advances in the reform of justice, the implementation of the Venice Commission recommendations, and so on.

As reported, the Ukrainian delegation led by Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba arrived in Berlin today to hold talks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.


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