Ukraine hopes for Germany's support on its path to EU and NATO – PM

Ukraine hopes for Germany's support on its path to EU and NATO – PM

Ukraine seeks to join the European Union and NATO and hopes for Germany's support in these matters, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal has said.

He said this during a meeting with German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on March 19, the Government portal reported.

"Ukraine's membership in the EU in the medium term is a win-win situation not only for the Ukrainian people but also for Germany and the EU as a whole. At present, our main goal is gradual integration into the EU internal market. In particular, it concerns the integration of Ukraine into the digital and energy markets of the European Union," Shmyhal said.

The parties discussed Ukraine's European integration, NATO’s Membership Action Plan and joint economic projects in the field of renewable energy. Shmyhal stressed that an agreement on the launch of a strategic partnership with the EU in the field of critical raw materials is of paramount importance for Ukraine, which will also be complied with the goals of the green and digital transition.

"Cooperation in the field of hydrogen energy opens new opportunities for cooperation between our countries. The EU hydrogen strategy notes that Ukraine has the potential to install 10 GW of green hydrogen production capacity. This allows attracting up to EUR 20 billion to the development of the industry. And we believe that together with Germany, we can realize better this potential," the prime minister said.

In addition, Shmyhal thanked the German side for support in granting Ukraine the status of a NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner in June 2020.

He also thanked Germany and personally the German minister for their continued support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression.

Shmyhal called on Germany to take part in the international platform for the de-occupation of Crimea and thanked Maas for the strong statement of the G7 Foreign Ministers that the occupation of Crimea will never be recognized by the international community.

As Ukrinform reported, on March 19, a Ukrainian government delegation led by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal is on a visit to Germany, where high-level talks and participation in the 4th German-Ukrainian Business Forum are planned.


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